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False Prophets Hype Brexit Disaster

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 23:03
False Prophets Hype Brexit Disaster
by Stephen Lendman
Public sentiment in Britain, across Europe, in America and elsewhere is being manipulated to believe Brexit assures economic and financial chaos.
New world order con man/billionaire speculator George Soros, known for profiting from color revolutions, imperial wars and neoliberal harshness warned of disaster from Brexit, saying:
“Now the catastrophic scenario that many feared has materialized…the disintegration of the EU (is) practically irreversible," 
“Britain eventually may or may not be relatively better off than other countries by leaving the EU, but its economy and people stand to suffer significantly in the short to medium term.”
Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman made similar comments. So did others.
They failed to explain Thursday’s vote was non-binding. House of Commons MPs will decide if Britain remains in or leaves the EU - the latter option extremely unlikely because powerful US-led Western interests oppose it.
So often in the mainstream, what isn’t explained is most important of all. For now and likely weeks or months ahead, fear-mongering has center stage, misinformation rife.
Fallout from Thursday’s vote remains to be seen. One thing seems certain. Recall Winston Churchill once saying “(n)ever let a good crisis go to waste.”
At times like now, governments can implement policies they wouldn’t dare attempt during periods of stability - harming ordinary people to benefit privileged ones, letting corporate predators consolidate to more dominant size, force-feeding neoliberal harshness on people, convincing them to go along with what’s detrimental to their welfare.
Following the 2008/early 2009 financial crisis, the above scenario played out - likely again in some form ahead. Mark Twain once remarked history doesn’t repeat. It rhymes.
State-sponsored fears over Brexit may facilitate the coup d’gras against remaining freedoms, Europe and America further thirdworldized, full-blown tyranny replacing what remains of constitutional protections - the worst of Orwell’s 1984 becoming reality, including endless wars against invented enemies.
On Monday, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne commented publicly for the first time since last Thursday’s vote - warning of economic and financial problems ahead, trying to soothe markets, saying:
“(N)o one should doubt our resolve to maintain the fiscal stability we have delivered for this country. The British economy is fundamentally strong. We are highly competitive and we are open for business.”
Bold words during a time of economic weakness, recession looming, companies likely to scale back investments, trade perhaps weakening, as well as banks and other businesses warning of layoffs and moving some operations out of Britain.
PricewaterhouseCoopers warned of up to 100,000 financial services jobs lost if Britain leaves the EU. Expect similar dire warnings ahead.
An unnamed Vote Leave spokesman called fear-mongering “typical of the pro-EU campaign…The same establishment (saying) we would lose jobs if we didn’t join the euro is trying to create a misleading report over the referendum.”
Pro-EU New York Times editors hyped fear, reinterpreting history, claiming Brexit “could have…profound foreign policy consequences, weakening…Western (unity) that helped guarantee international peace and stability for 70 years.”
Perhaps The Times editorial board forgot about endless post-WW II US-led Western imperial wars, notably raging post-9/11, along with increasing confrontation with Russia and China - risking possible life-on-earth ending nuclear war.
EU and NATO represent pure evil, threatening world peace and security. Dissolving them may be the only way to preserve them.
Times editors have things backwards, supporting what demands committed opposition. Powerful interests intend continuing business as usual. Brexit voting changed nothing.
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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Second UK Referendum Petition Rife with Fraud

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 22:38
Second UK Referendum Petition Rife with Fraud
by Stephen Lendman
Borrowing a line from librettist WS Gilbert: “Things aren’t always as they seem. Skim milk masquerades as cream.”
Venezuelan extremists wanting democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro ousted stacked their recall petition with hundreds of thousands of fraudulent signatures - some fake names, others deceased, as well as minors too young to vote, discrediting the legitimacy of their campaign.
Britain is following suit. Anti-Brexit proponents petitioning parliament for a second referendum so far collected around 3.5 million signatures since Friday - a red flag. This many this fast suggests something rotten.
Signatures include already discovered tens of thousands of fake names from America, Germany, France, Italy, other EU countries, even Middle East, Asian, Latin American and African nations as well as virtually uninhabited Antarctica. 
Despite its population of less than one thousand, 41,118 signatures came from Vatican City as of Sunday afternoon, nearly 25,000 from North Korea.
According to a House of Commons petition committee spokeswoman, fraud is so rampant it’s already removed 77,000 signatures, likely many more to come. Perhaps most are fake. 
What’s already known discredits the campaign. It should be abandoned straightaway even though holding a second referendum would be unprecedented, extremely unlikely to happen.
Brexit campaigner Evelyn Farr urges rejecting the second referendum petition, saying “(i)t is headline news abroad that three million people are anti-Brexit and the same false impression is being conveyed by our own press.”
“Given that some MPs are proposing not to vote through Brexit legislation, thereby ignoring the will of the people in a fair and democratic referendum, the implications are quite serious. This is fraud, and it needs to be exposed and stopped.”
Analysis so far shows only 353,000 of the 3.5 million signatures are from Britain. Perhaps most are also fake. 
The petition will remain open for six months unless invalidated and shut down. Evidence shows it’s rife with fraud, a discredited sham.
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.

Sanders Supports Clinton

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 22:06
Sanders Supports Clinton
by Stephen Lendman
Holding back on officially endorsing her, the presumptive Democrat party standard bearer, belies his earlier saying “if (she’s) the nominee, I will certainly support her.”
Support = endorsement, so why stop short of admitting it. Sanders’ reasons ring hollow. So does his empty threat about waging a convention floor fight over Democrat platform policies.
He’s part of the dirty system, supporting what he claims to oppose, more hypocrite than populist, turning truth on its head, claiming “the Democratic (sic) party stands with the middle class, stands with working families, and is prepared to take on Wall Street and the big money interests” - the same ones his voting record shows he supports while claiming otherwise.
Money controlled duopoly power runs America. Democracy is pure fantasy. Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same coin. Not a dime’s worth of difference separates them, waging war on humanity at home and abroad.
Sanders is a con man, a despicable character, a phony populist - pro-war, pro-imperial lawlessness, pro-dirty business as usual, saying one thing, doing another throughout his 30-year public career, fooling millions with empty rhetoric, promises he’d break if elected president.
Clinton represents pure evil, a Wall Street/war-profiteers dream, a threat to world peace. Supporting her shows where Sanders stands - on the wrong side of issues mattering most.
Asked if he’ll officially endorse her before next month’s Democrat convention, he all but indicated yes without admitting it. Hypocrisy defines him.
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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