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sjlendman.blogspot.com - Sun, 11/06/2017 - 00:54
The fundraiser posted on my site was done in error by a well-meaning friend. I asked for it to be immediately removed.
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On Friday, neither I or readers could access my site. Instead of removing the fundraiser information as requested, Google closed it down.
The original format is lost. With help, I'm trying to restore as much as possible so I and readers again have access.
I'm mortified about what happened. It was out of my control. My sincere apology to everyone. I was unable to explain until now.
I'm dedicated to my writing and media work. Everything not posted on my site is now up, hopefully accessible to readers.

Tyranny in Britain

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 22:34
Tyranny in Britain
by Stephen Lendman
In 2015 as home secretary, Theresa May introduced draconian investigatory powers legislation, authorizing enhanced surveillance - on the phony pretext of combating terrorism ruling Tories support.
Sacrificing fundamental freedoms for greater security assures losing both, May at it again as prime minister - ahead of June 8 snap elections. 
“I’ll rip up human rights laws that impede new terror legislation,” she roared, her declaration coming 36 hours before polls open.
Muslims are enemies of choice in America, Britain and other European countries, justifying the unjustifiable, waging war OF terror, not on it as claimed.
May favors greater domestic war on Muslims living in Britain, including the right to deport alleged terrorist suspects, even without evidence suggesting it.
In an effort to bolster her sagging support pre-election, she said “I can tell you a few of the things I mean, (urging) longer prison sentences for people convicted of terrorist offenses.” 
“I mean making it easier for the authorities to deport foreign terror suspects to their own countries.”
“And I mean doing more to restrict the freedom and the movements of terrorist suspects when we have enough evidence to know they present a threat, but not enough evidence to prosecute them in full.”
“And if human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change those laws so we can do it.”
Britain already has draconian tools in place, headed by so-called Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs), enhanced for added toughness in September 2011.
They permit forced relocation of individuals to government-owned accommodations elsewhere in the country, based solely on suspicions, nothing indicating they pose a threat - an extrajudicial practice grossly infringing on fundamental civil liberties.
In March 2005, so-called control orders were instituted - a social control system placing suspects under virtual house arrest, including restrictions on movement, association and employment, along with electronic tagging. Forced relocation is permitted.
These orders were issued in closed court hearings, individuals affected and their lawyers not allowed to attend - punishing people unfairly, denying them due process, based on secret “evidence” not subject to appeal.
This practice undermines judicial fairness, the presumption of innocence unless proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt denied - the defining feature of police state governance.
Control orders were later struck down judicially and abandoned. May wants TPIMs toughened, restoring some or perhaps all abhorrent practices control orders authorized - making Britain more of a police state than already.
Earlier promising not to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights (1950), perhaps Tories now have second thoughts.
They could amend or replace the 1998 UK Human Rights Act. Following last Saturday’s London Bridge/Borough Market attack, May promised to introduce new anti-terrorism laws, without elaboration.
In response, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said “(i)n her years as home secretary, she was willing to offer up the police for cut after cut.” 
“We have been here before. A kind of nuclear arms race in terror laws might give the appearance of action, but what the security services lack is not more power, but more resources. And responsibility for that lies squarely with Theresa May.”
For the moment, focus is on Thursday’s snap elections, polls suggesting a possible hung parliament, coalition governance needed if things turn out this way.
If Tories retain power individually or with a hardline partner, Britain looks headed toward becoming more of a police state than already. 
Perhaps other European countries and America will follow the same path.
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: How the 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.

Us Aggression Against Syrian Forces

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 22:12
US Aggression Against Syrian Forces
by Stephen Lendman
For the third time since its April 7 attack on Syria’s Shayrat airbase, US-led coalition warplanes preemptively and aggressively struck pro-government forces.
Tuesday’s incident occurred within what CENTCOM called a “deconfliction” zone. At least two soldiers were killed, more than 15 others injured. 
Following the May 18 US-led attack on government and allied forces in southern Syria near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, killing six military personnel, wounding others, Sergey Lavrov called the incident an illegal violation of Syrian sovereignty.
He made similar comments after Tuesday’s incident, calling it “an aggressive act,” adding he knows nothing about a so-called deconfliction zone, “which the (US-led) coalition unilaterally declared.” Russia rejects it.
Monday’s US-led attack naked aggression. America operates illegally in Syria - with no Security Council authorization or permission from Damascus.
Its terror-bombing is naked aggression against a sovereign independent country - no world community condemnation after over six years of war, using ISIS and other terrorists as imperial foot soldiers, supported since September 2014 by US-led coalition terror-bombing.
Following Tuesday’s aggression, a USCENTCOM statement tried justifying the unjustifiable, saying in part:
“Despite previous warnings, pro-regime forces entered the agreed-upon de-confliction zone with a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers posing a threat to Coalition and partner forces based at the At Tanf Garrison.”
Fact: Government and allied forces operate legally anywhere within Syria’s borders. The US, its rogue allies and terrorist foot soldiers they support do not! They’re aggressive invaders - flagrantly breaching international law.
Fact: CENTCOM’S claim about “training and advising vetted Syrian partner forces engaged in the fight against ISIS” is a bald-faced lie. America supports the scourge it claims to oppose.
Days earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova denounced US-led coalition air strikes massacring civilians.
She minced no words, saying “(w)e condemn these ill-conceived attacks as they have nothing to do with the fight against terrorism.”
“(T)hese raids (are) exacerbating the situation in Syria, increasing the civilian death toll and spreading chaos and destruction which benefits militants of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terror groups, as well as their affiliated units.”
Following Tuesday’s attack, Russia called for an extraordinary Security Council meeting, condemning what happened.
According to Russian upper house first deputy Defense and Security Committee head Frants Klintsevich, Tuesday’s US-led strike was “an act of aggression” against a sovereign state - continuing over six years of US-instigated war.
The al-Tanf area targeted is located on the strategically important Damascus to Baghdad highway, a key supply route Washington wants to control.
Undeterred by what happened, Syria’s military said it will continue its operations to eliminate the presence of terrorists near its border with Iraq.
Russian special forces operate in the area, aiding government and allied troops. It’s unclear if any of its personnel were killed or injured in Tuesday’s attack.
Washington’s aim is destroying Syrian’s sovereignty, ousting Assad, replacing him with a pro-Western puppet, eliminating an Israeli rival, and isolating Iran ahead of pursuing regime change against its government.
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: How the 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.

South Korean President Suspends Installation of US THAAD Missiles

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 22:03
South Korean President Suspends Installation of US THAAD Missiles
by Stephen Lendman
Two missile systems are installed, four others suspended. More on this below.
So-called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile systems are designed to intercept and down short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase. 
Instead of warheads, they rely on impact kinetic energy to destroy them. A similar navy program is called the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. Aegis ashore is land-based.
South Koreans oppose THAADs, fearful of potential hazardous radiation in areas where they’re deployed if targeted in case of war.
Russia and China are surrounded by hostile US military bases, both countries furious about Pentagon deployment of THAADs targeting their homelands, giving America a first-strike advantage.
In March, Sergey Lavrov said THAADs “certainly affect our strategic forces, negatively affect(ing) the security not only of Russia but also China and other countries.”
Moscow and Beijing urged halting their installation. On the phony pretext of a North Korean threat, they’re aimed at Russia and China.
THAAD radar provocatively reaches deep into their territory. It’s highly mobile, able to be transported by air and made operational in hours.
THAAD missiles and radar pose a serious threat to Russian, Chinese, North Korean and overall regional security.
According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, President Moon Jae-in suspended installation of four THAAD missile systems, pending an environmental assessment expected to take up to a year to complete.
Two others in place will remain. Moon expressed outrage over the plan his predecessor approved to please Washington. He promised a probe into their undisclosed entry, Yonhap News saying:
“President Moon ordered to find out how the four additional rocket launchers were brought into the country, who made such a decision, why this has not been disclosed to the people and why this has not been reported to the new administration…”
“President Moon ordered his senior secretary for civil affairs and the NSO chief to find the truth behind the secret entry of the four rocket launchers.”
Moon said parliament didn’t approve the installation, lawmakers not told about it in advance.
His order isn’t likely to go down well in Washington, used to Seoul doing its bidding.
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: How the 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.

Terror Attacks in Tehran

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 21:40
Terror Attacks in Tehran
by Stephen Lendman
On Wednesday, assailants attacked Iran’s parliament and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini mausoleum - a developing story, more details to come as confirmed.
Iranian media reported at least 12 deaths, dozens wounded, assailants armed with Kalashnikovs and handguns. A suicide bomber blew himself up on the parliament’s fourth floor.
So did another at the Khomeini shrine, a third bomber killed before detonating his explosives.
No lawmakers were harmed. Two security guards were killed, along with two assailants, at least one captured, one or more others on the run. 
Security forces cordoned off the areas. A journalist said he “was inside parliament when shooting happened. Everyone was shocked and scared. I saw two men shooting randomly.”
MPs took refuge inside the building. Anti-Terrorism Special Forces were deployed to the scene.
An assailant at the Khomeini mausoleum was killed, two others arrested. Members of another terrorist group were captured before being able to carry out an attack.
ISIS claimed responsibility through its Amaq news agency. Without proof, it’s posturing. America created and supports the terrorist group. Were CIA dirty hands involved in what happened?
An Intelligence Ministry’s Counterterrorism Department official said several terrorist teams entered Tehran earlier on Wednesday.
The Tehran Province Security Council met in emergency session following the incidents.
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: How the 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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