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The Battle Against TPP Isn’t Over, But It Has Shifted

eff.org - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 06:09

With President-elect Trump's victory last night, the last hopes of the Obama administration passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the lame duck session of Congress have evaporated. The passage of the TPP through Congress was dependent upon support from members of the Republican majority, and there is no realistic prospect that they will now pass the deal given their elected President's firmly expressed opposition to it. Even if they did so, the new President would presumably veto the pact's implementing legislation.

Moreover, it's not possible for the other eleven countries to forge ahead without the United States on board. This is because of a condition that the TPP will not enter into effect unless at least six of the original signatories have ratified the deal, and only if their combined GDP amounts to at least 85 percent of the total GDP of all the original signatories. It is impossible for this condition to be met without both the United States and Japan ratifying the deal.

We're calling it: today is the day the TPP died.

Nevertheless, the battle against the deal is not over. Why not? Because the other TPP countries are still in the process of passing their implementing legislation, which contains all of the worst measures in the TPP that we have been fighting against for the last six years—including the extension of the term of copyright, the strict rules against DRM circumvention, the tough criminal penalties against those who infringe copyright or who leak trade secrets, and the prohibition against mandates to review source code for bugs and backdoors. Countries that continue along the path of passing their implementing legislation will end up in the worst of all possible worlds—having accepted all the US demands on copyright and other digital policies, but without receiving any trade benefits from the United States in exchange.

Here are the "red light countries" in which ratification of the TPP is imminent:

In the remaining countries, ratification of the deal is less far advanced:

The death of the TPP in the United States does not necessarily mean that these implementation plans will be scrapped. Even without the force of law of an international agreement, the US Trade Representative can use soft pressure such as its annual Special 301 Report to encourage other countries to follow through with their unilateral commitments under the TPP, on the premise that these implement supposed international best practices. Industry lobbies such as the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) and its national affiliates will also be likely to maintain their pressure for the ratcheting up of levels of foreign copyright protection and enforcement, regardless of the TPP's demise.

Pressure from rights holder lobby groups will now shift from the TPP to alternative trade agreements, most notably the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which remains under negotiation between many of the same countries—but excluding the United States, and including China and India. It is ironic that Donald Trump's position against the TPP was largely premised on the assumption that it would benefit China. In fact, it is the TPP's demise that will benefit China more, by elevating the importance of the RCEP. We can now expect that the remaining RCEP negotiating rounds will become the focus of intense lobbying to transplant the TPP's copyright and e-commerce rules into that alternative instrument in an effort to salvage some benefit to US rights holders from an agreement that excludes the United States as a party.

There is also the likelihood that the Trump administration will begin the lengthy process of renegotiating the TPP (perhaps even under a new name), and he has also expressed his intention to renegotiate the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which would involve TPP countries Canada and Mexico. Lobbyists will certainly descend on these new negotiations just as they did the original TPP, and the fight to preserve users' rights will begin all over again.

Where to from here? With the TPP off the agenda for now, our short term advocacy efforts will be directed to the national level, encouraging the former TPP parties not to accept TPP-like rules by stealth, either in domestic legislation that was originally intended to implement the TPP, or as part of new agreements such as RCEP. For the longer term, we also already have plans to get together with allies from government and industry, in a high-level meeting next January to talk about reforms that would make trade negotiation processes more transparent and inclusive. You can help us to fight this continuing battle by supporting EFF.


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Raining on Trump's Parade

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 03:53
Raining on Trump’s Parade
by Stephen Lendman
Thankfully humanity is freed from the scourge of a third Hillary and Bill Clinton crime family co-presidency - she in the lead role with her finger on the nuclear trigger as US military commander-in-chief, perhaps eager to squeeze it.
Newsweek magazine jumped the gun, printing a special edition, distributing it to outlets before November 8 - Hillary on the cover below the heading “MADAM PRESIDENT.”
Shades of November 3, 1948, the Chicago Tribune headlining “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.” A beaming President HST held up a copy of the broadsheet, saying: “That ain’t the way I heard it!”
Like polls predicted a Hillary victory this electoral cycle, they said Dewey would defeat Truman back then - wrong both times. 
Madam president wasn’t to be. Some day eventually in America, someone other than Hillary. Overnight Tuesday, her political career ended with a bang, not a whimper. 
If it was Christmas, we’d sing Joy to the World. Hold the cheers for Trump. He’s no populist leader, his policies less than people friendly. His “Contract with the American Voter” includes disturbing promises he’ll pursue as president.
A previous article discussed them. Here are the lowlights:
Let business operate as regulation-free as possible, facilitating greater corporate predation.
Direct the Treasury security to declare China a currency manipulator - on the one hand wanting better relations with Russia, he says; on the other, contesting China’s economic policy unfairly.
Allow unrestricted fossil fuel production, instead of prioritizing development and use of alternative green energy sources.
Authorize construction of the environmentally destructive Keystone Pipeline and similar projects.
Cancel US participation in UN climate change programs.
Replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with someone matching his right-wing extremism.
Cancel federal funding for Sanctuary Cities.
Mass deport millions of undocumented (largely Latino) immigrants.
Cancel visas to foreign countries unwilling to take them back.
Suspend immigration from so-called “terror-prone regions,” largely the Middle East, ignoring America’s responsibility for creating ISIS and likeminded groups.
Simplify the tax code from seven to three brackets.
Cut taxes, largely benefitting high-income Americans.
Cut the corporate tax rate (few firms pay) from 35 - 15%.
Replace Obamacare with health savings accounts - swapping one failed system for a worse one.
Cut approval red tape to let inadequately tested drugs be offered for sale.
Build a wall along America’s border with Mexico, its government funding the cost.
Increase America’s gulag prison system population by imposing mandatory minimum sentences for undocumented immigrants reentering the country after being deported.
Get tougher on crime and so-called illicit drugs than already.
Increase funding and other resources for already militarized state and local police.
Additional policies he’ll pursue include greater support for Israel than already, including recognizing Jerusalem as its capital, breaching international law.
He wants the Iran nuclear deal abolished. He’ll likely ignore it rather than rescind an international agreement involving seven countries, including the five permanent Security Council members.
He wants a more robust, expanded US military instead of major cutbacks needed along with ending all imperial wars.
He saved humanity from the scourge of nuclear war on Russia, while unlikely to pursue peace over war in multiple theaters involving US forces or their surrogates.
A new dawn won’t arrive in America under his leadership. Expect dirty business as usual to continue - short of devastating nuclear war.
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.

Russian Naval Battle Group Ready to Strike Terrorists in Aleppo Outskirts

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 03:37
Russian Naval Battle Group Ready to Strike Terrorists in Aleppo Outskirts
by Stephen Lendman
Suspension of Russian and Syrian eastern Aleppo airstrikes on October 18 let US-supported terrorists in and around the city replenish their ranks, regroup, rearm, strengthen their defenses, and mobilize for continuing attacks, attempting to break through government military positions - so far unsuccessfully.
According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, its Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier-led battle group arrived off Syria’s coast - intending attacks on terrorists in Aleppo’s outskirts, away from heavily populated civilian areas.
Interfax quoted a Defense Ministry spokesman, saying “attacks are to hit the long-range approaches to” Aleppo, using warplanes and cruise missiles.
Reconnaissance, radio intelligence and satellites located terrorists’ positions, along with routes they plan using to launch repeated attacks.
Moscow aims to weaken their ranks and prevent replenishment of fighters, weapons and equipment. A Russian military source said “this time the strikes are to smash hundreds of bases and positions in the outskirts of Aleppo in a 48 to 72 hour period.”
According to Syrian MP Zahir Taraf, “(t)he  deployment of the Russian warships in the Mediterranean Sea sent a message to the terrorists that Moscow is ready for any military possibility.”
AMN News reported a Russian military source, saying the Admiral Kuznetsov battle group will be deployed in the eastern Mediterranean off Syria’s coast for at least six months.
Its mission is to help defeat terrorist forces infesting northern Syria.
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.

President-Elect Trump

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 22:58

President-Elect Trump
by Stephen Lendman
A night to remember! Talk about an Alfred Hitchcock ending!  A future Hollywood film awaits about this year’s campaign.
Other than for Trump diehards, the ending was a real shocker, following months of deplorable one-sided scoundrel media pro-Hillary advocacy - journalism the way it’s supposed to be entirely discarded.
My assessment of the outcome is as follows. Hillary, the establishment candidate, was chosen to succeed Obama last year, likely before she announced her candidacy.
Trump, an anti-establishment sounding candidate, unexpectedly emerged last man standing in a field of 17 GOP aspirants.
Election rigging in America is longstanding, fraud commonplace at least since the 1824 “corrupt bargain” race - John Quincy Adams emerging triumphant over Andrew Jackson, a future US president.
Bush v. Gore was the most brazen electoral theft in US history. Five right-wing Supreme Court justices illegally stopped the Florida recount (later showing Gore won the state), overrode his popular vote triumph, choosing Bush to be president - showing US voters are disenfranchised without their knowledge.
Deep state power brokers decide who holds high-level elected and appointed positions. Elections are easily rigged with electronic ease, voter-role stripping and other dirty tricks.
In my judgment, Hillary lost because power brokers decided she was damaged goods, too contentious to lead. They cut a deal with Trump, assuring he’ll continue dirty business as usual, perhaps cutting him a little slack - letting him win by fair or foul means, in his case likely fair because Hillary is so overwhelmingly reviled.
At 2:29AM Eastern standard time on November 9, AP News headlined “The Latest: Donald Trump Elected President.” It’s crow-eating time for America’s deplorable media scoundrels. Some early morning headlines are as follows:
New York Times: “TRUMP TRIUMPHS”
Washington Post: “TRUMP TRIUMPHS”
Wall Street Journal: “Populist Surge Fuels Trump Upset”
Chicago Tribune: “Associated Press says Donald Trump elected president of the United States”
Los Angeles Times: “DONALD TRUMP WINS THE PRESIDENCY CLAIMING VICTORY AFTER UNORTHODOX CANDIDACY”
Reuters: “Trump takes the White House in upset, global markets tumble”
Financial Times: “Donald Trump wins historic US election victory”
London’s Guardian: “Trump stuns world”
Haaretz: “Donald Trump shocks the world, elected 45th president of the United States”
RT International: “Donald Trump secures enough votes to become 45th US president”
Sputnik News: “Trump secures enough votes to win 2016 presidential election”
Tass: “Trump elected president of the United States”
Press TV: “Trump crosses finish line in White House Race”
Addressing supporters, he stressed getting along with other countries, among other remarks, his tone and demeanor remarkably subdued compared to how he campaigned.
Key is if he follows through on his pledge for better geopolitical relations. The greatest threat of a Hillary presidency is possibly waging unthinkable nuclear war on Russia, perhaps China and Iran to follow.
Trump wants to partner with Russia in defeating ISIS. Hopefully he means it. “I promise you I won’t let you down,” he said.
His triumph won’t end vicious scoundrel media bashing. It’ll continue, especially after his January 20, 2017 inauguration and begins governing.
Hillary abstained from addressing supporters Tuesday night. She conceded by calling Trump and congratulating him.
RT International said Vladimir Putin “(i)n a message to Donald Trump, expressed confidence that the dialogue between Moscow and Washington” will improve.
Sputnik News quoted the Kremlin, saying “(i)n a telegram, Putin expressed hope toward joint work to lift Russian-US relations from the state of crisis, as well as to address the pressing issues of the international agenda and the search for effective responses to global security challenges.”
A previous article said one issue dwarfs all others in importance - possible humanity threatening nuclear war under Hillary v. Trump’s sense enough to shun the unthinkable.
He saved the world from the scourge of her threat to humanity.  In the aftermath of Thursday’s vote, it’s a relatively safer place than if Hillary emerged triumphant.
Trump defeated Hillary by a 48 - 47% margin nationally. Gary Johnson won 3% of the electorate, Jill Stein a disappointing 1%.
Electoral-vote.com gives Trump 305 Electoral College votes to Hillary’s 233. Republicans retain House and Senate control.
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.

Will Improved Russia/US Bilateral Relations Follow Trumps's Electoral Triumph

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 22:57

Will Improved Russia/US Bilateral Relations Follow Trump’s Electoral Triumph?
by Stephen Lendman
The greatest risk of a Hillary electoral triumph was possible nuclear war on Russia - perhaps China and Iran to follow. Her defeat lets peace activists exhale for the first time in the campaign - but not relax.
Trump is no peacenik. He wants increased military spending at a time America’s only enemies are ones it invents. How aggressive he’ll be geopolitically remains to be seen.
Hopefully his election means improved Russia/US relations after years of hostility under Obama. Here are some Trump quotes about Vladimir Putin, positive signs:
October 2007: “Look at Putin - what he's doing with Russia - I mean, you know, what's going on over there. I mean this guy has done - whether you like him or don't like him - he’s doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period.”
December 2011: Trump praised Putin’s “intelligence (and) no-nonsense way,” adding he “has big plans for Russia. He wants to edge out its neighbors so that Russia can dominate oil supplies to all of Europe.”
“I respect Putin and Russians but cannot believe (Obama) allows them to get away with so much...Hats off to the Russians.”
June 2013: Trump tweeted “(w)ill (Putin) become my new best friend?”
October 2013: “I think he’s done a really great job of outsmarting our country.”
July 2015: “I think I’d get along very well with Vladimir Putin. I just think so.”
October 2015: He and Putin “are very different,” but they’d “get along very well. I think that I would probably get along with him very well. And I don’t think you’d be having the kind of problems that you’re having right now.”
December 17, 2015: Trump called Putin a “talented person…It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.”
“I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect.”
December 18, 2015: “He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country. I think our country does plenty of killing also.”
February 2016: I have no relationship with him other than he called me a genius. He said Donald trump is a genius and he is going to be the leader of the party and he’s going to be the leader of the world or something.”
“These characters that I’m running against said, ‘(w)e want you to disavow that statement.’ I said what, he called me a genius, I’m going to disavow it? Are you crazy? Can you believe it? How stupid are they.”
“And besides that, wouldn’t it be good if we actually got along with countries. Wouldn’t it actually be a positive thing. I think I’d have a good relationship with Putin. I mean who knows.”
April 2016: “…I’d possibly have a good relationship (with Putin). He’s been very nice to me. If we can make a great deal for our country and get along with Russia that would be a tremendous thing. I would love to try it.”
July 2016: “I would treat Vladimir Putin firmly, but there’s nothing I can think of that I’d rather do than have Russia friendly, as opposed to the way they are right now, so that we can go and knock out ISIS with other people.”
“President Trump would be so much better for US/Russian relations. It can’t be worse.”
“I don’t think he has any respect for Clinton. I think he respects me. I think it would be great to get along with him.”
If nothing else, Trump deserves credit for ending Hillary’s political ambitions, preventing a third Clinton crime family administration. And that’s a good thing, as he might put it.
Putin welcomed his triumph, saying “(w)e heard (him say he)  would treat Vladimir Putin firmly, but there’s nothing I can think of that I’d rather do than have Russia friendly, as opposed to the way they are right now, so that we can go and knock out ISIS with other people.”
“We understand and are aware that it will be a difficult path in the light of the degradation in which, unfortunately, the relationship between Russia and the US are at the moment.”
“(I)t is not our fault that Russia/US relations are as you see them.” Putin believes “building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington, based on principles of equality, mutual respect and each other’s positions, meets the interests of the peoples of our countries and of the entire international community.”
Humanity can breathe a little easier with Trump’s triumph over Hillary. An emotionally unstable neocon war goddess won’t succeed Obama.
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.

Scoundrel Media Electoral Postmortems

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 22:56
Scoundrel Media Electoral Postmortems
by Stephen Lendman
A same day article called Trump’s election crow-eating time for America’s media scoundrels.
Their campaign coverage was deplorably one-sided for Hillary, elevating her to near sainthood, suppressing her high crimes, while relentlessly denigrating Trump -  unprecedented misreporting since I began following presidential races with Truman besting Tom Dewey in 1948.
New York Times editors headlined “Donald Trump’s Revolt,” saying “President Donald Trump. Three words that were unthinkable to tens of millions of Americans - and much of the rest of the world - have now become the future of the United States.”
“His victory is a humbling blow to the news media, the pollsters and the Clinton-dominated Democratic leadership.”
Fact: Throughout the campaign, The Times was a virtual Hillary press agent, reflecting shameless advocacy for one candidate over the other substituting for what journalism is supposed to be.
Despite daily Trump bashing, their pro-Hillary campaign failed. In the aftermath of his triumph, its editors continued going at him relentlessly, saying “(w)e know Mr. Trump is the most unprepared president-elect in modern history.” 
“We know that by words and actions, he has shown himself to be temperamentally unfit to lead a diverse nation of 320 million people.” 
“We know he has threatened to prosecute and jail his political opponents, and he has said he would curtail the freedom of the press. We know he lies without compunction.”
“He has said he intends to cut taxes for the wealthy and to withdraw the health care protection of the Affordable Care Act from tens of millions of Americans.” 
“He has insulted women and threatened Muslims and immigrants, and he has recruited as his allies a dark combination of racists, white supremacists and anti-Semites.”
Fact: Administrations run America, a team of appointees, advisors and deep state power brokers. Presidents represent their interests.
Fact: Temperamentally unfit to lead? Fit enough to create a successful business enterprise, becoming a billionaire in the process. 
Fact: Hillary is legally, ethically, morally and emotionally unfit to serve in any public capacity, especially the nation’s highest office.
Fact: She remains unaccountable for war crimes, racketeering and perjury. Just societies would demand accountability. It’s unknown what Trump will do - other than appointing his own attorney general and FBI director. Whether they’ll prosecute Bill and Hillary Clinton for high crimes remains to be seen.
Fact: Obamacare was designed as a healthcare rationing scheme to enrich insurers, Big Pharma and large hospital chains. Trump doesn’t support universal coverage - everyone in, no one left out, the only equitable system he rejects.
Fact: His proposed tax cuts, largely benefitting corporate interests and America’s rich, won’t stimulate economic growth. Stimulative fiscal policy is needed.
Fact: Trump’s racist comments are disgraceful, including wanting a wall built on America’s southern border with Mexico, its government paying for it. He’s no anti-Semite, overwhelmingly supporting Israel, doing business with Jewish interests in America, likely having many Jewish friends.
America’s imperial agenda is extremist and ruthless. Trump has public record to judge him on. It’s unknown how much slack he’s been cut to fulfill some of the pledges he made.
Overall, dirty business as usual will continue on his watch, likely less extremist than Hillary geopolitically - especially better relations with Russia hopefully, avoiding the threat of nuclear war.
Washington Post editors were less hostile to Trump than their NYT counterparts - saying they “hope (he’ll) be a better president than we fear,” adding they’ll “support him when he does the right thing” - a statement lacking clear elaboration.
At the same time, they expressed no optimism that he’ll “suddenly shape more rational responses to (major world and national) problems than he offered on the campaign trail, nor that he will discover a discipline or wisdom he has yet to display.”
He’s got a lot of proving to do. With Republican House and Senate majorities, he’s in a position to get policies he supports implemented - for good or ill.
It’s best to withhold judgment until he’s inaugurated and begins his tenure as president.
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-Dominated NATO Mobilizing for War on Russia?

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 04:51
US-Dominated NATO Mobilizing for War on Russia?
by Stephen Lendman
Disquieting reports indicate up to 300,000 US-led combat troops deployed near Russia’s borders will be put on high alert, capable of waging war in weeks.
Is Obama preparing for Hillary’s ascension to power, intending unthinkable war on Russia under her leadership, likely to go nuclear if launched?
Moscow is justifiably concerned, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, saying US-led “actions undermine strategic stability and are forcing Russia to take reciprocal defensive measures, including some in the Western theatre.”
NATO “has not abandoned attempts to dictate its will to other countries through economic and political means, as well as by military force,” adding “an information war is in full swing.”
Russia is arming military units deployed near its Western borders with state-of-the-art weapons and other means to defend its territory.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said NATO was established for “not for peace-building, but…for (US-led) aggressi(ion).”
No Russian threat exists - not now, earlier or anticipated. Yet US-installed NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance is “responding with the biggest reinforcement of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War” - mobilizing forces to “be ready on a shorter notice.”
Speaking for Washington, he lied accusing Russia of “assertive” behavior. Peskov categorically stressed Moscow threatens no one. No credible evidence suggests otherwise. Throughout its existence, the Russian Federation never attacked another country - unlike US aggression in multiple theaters virtually always.
Last week, Moscow’s envoy to NATO Alexandr Grushko said alliance combat troops mobilized near Russia’s borders pose “obvious risks - countries involved “fulfilling their confrontational schemes of military planning and…preparations in the territories along our borders” - jeopardizing the viability of the Russia-NATO Founding Act.
“NATO and primarily the United States are actively reclaiming the aquatorium of the Black Sea with their multifunctional combat platforms, having a serious offensive and anti-missile potential, (while) intimidating the public with movements of Russian ships in the international waters.”
Disturbing NATO actions won’t go unanswered, Grushko stressed. “So…(w)hat’s next,” he asked? More baseless accusations of a nonexistent Russian threat? A worrisome arms race? “We believe (US-led provocations constitute) a road to nowhere.”
US-dominated NATO invents reasons for provocative action - claiming:
  • nonexistent “Russian aggression” in Ukraine;

  • illusory threats against Baltic and other Eastern European states;

  • criticizing its involvement in Syria, at the behest of its government, combating terrorists America supports, challenging its regional imperial agenda effectively;

  • nonsensically claiming it hacked DNC emails, while threatening to interfere with America’s November 8 elections; and

  • whatever else can be manufactured out of whole cloth at any time to claim a nonexistent Russian threat.

Its peaceful multi-world polarity agenda challenges America’s hegemonic ambitions. Its powerful nuclear arsenal gives it breathing space.
How long will it last with a likely neocon-infested Hillary administration succeeding Obama - lunatics perhaps willing to risk humanity’s survival to transform all sovereign independent countries into US vassal states, especially Russia, China and Iran.
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.

Election Day Scoundrel Media Trump Bashing

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 04:42
Election Day Scoundrel Media Trump Bashing
by Stephen Lendman
Even on election day, they didn’t let up, the same malevolent anti-Trump drumbeat continuing while voters go to the polls.
This political season showed more than ever why voter rights and choices don’t matter, the two most widely reviled aspirants in US history competing for the nation’s highest office. 
A pox on them both - though I explained repeatedly about the extreme danger Hillary poses, a war goddess threatening humanity if she succeeds Obama.
This political season also proved why I call America’s dominant media “scoundrels,” sacrificing journalism the way it’s supposed to be for shameless advocacy - lopsided for Hillary over Trump, disgracefully promoting an emotionally unstable neocon lunatic for president, the nation’s curse, not choice.
Leading US broadsheets NYT and Washington Post hammered Trump relentlessly throughout months of campaigning - continuing their vitriol on election day.
The Times claimed “optimism from Hillary…and darkness from…Trump at campaign’s end,” quoting her saying “(l)et’s make history together” - failing to explain the pure evil she represents.
Trump “polarized” the country by “his personality and tactics,” said The Times, bashing him perhaps one last time before polls close Thursday evening - mocking his justifiable claim about the “crooked media…crooked Hillary…a corrupt Washington establishment, (and) a rigged, rigged (electoral) system.”
WaPo editors accused Republicans of “attempt(ing) to rig the vote by suppressing it” - ignoring how Hillary stole her party’s nomination by rigged primaries, a likely rigged Tuesday election in progress as this is written to anoint her Obama’s successor.
Trump didn’t incite “obstruction, intimidation and even violence at the polls” by justifiably warning about a rigged process for Hillary, perhaps the only way she can win, most voters calling her dishonest and untrustworthy.
WaPo editors: “It is critical to American democracy, and to the health of the two-party system, that one party’s efforts to gain electoral advantage by erecting obstacles to voting do not succeed.”
Fact: Duopoly power in America undermines democratic governance. None exists - not from inception, not now, not when election results are known, not without grassroots revolutionary action for change.
Electoral results will show dirty business as usual again won. Ordinary people lost. Hillary’s elevation to power puts humanity’s fate up for grabs because of the unprecedented danger she poses - Trump the safer of two deplorable choices.
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.

Trump's "Contract with the American Voter"

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 04:32
Trump’s “Contract with the American Voter”
by Stephen Lendman
Duopoly rule in America mocks democratic governance - wealth, power and privilege alone served. Monied interests decide things, not voters, disenfranchised without their knowledge, their rights, needs and welfare ignored.
Trump and Clinton represent dirty business as usual, yet a defining difference separates them. Her leadership threatens world peace, stability and security like no other presidential aspirant in US history.
Trump prefers making money to waging endless wars. He’d rather cooperate with Russia in combating ISIS than confront a super-power matching America’s nuclear might.
In late October, he presented his 28-point “Contract with the American Voter.” Promises are one thing, delivering another, and elements of his plan raise serious concerns. 
Make your own judgment. Here’s what he proposed:
1. A Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.
2. A hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition -exempting military, public safety, and public health personnel.
3. Eliminate two federal regulations for every new one.
4. Institute a five year-ban on White House and congressional officials becoming lobbyists after leaving government service.
5. Create a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
6. Institute a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
7. Renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.
8. Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
9. Direct the Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.
10. Direct the Secretary of Commerce and US Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers, and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately.
11. Lift restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars worth of jobs-producing US energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal (sic).
12. Lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.
12. Cancel billions in payments to UN climate change programs, and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.
14. Rescind every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.
15. Replace Justice Scalia with one of the 20 judges who’ll uphold and defend the US Constitution.
16. Cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities.
17. Remove millions of illegal immigrants from the country, and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.
18. Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.
19. Work with Congress on a Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting restrictions on American energy. 
The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. 
The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.
20. Work with Congress on a End The Offshoring Act. Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate to other countries and ship their products back to the US tax-free.
21. Work with Congress on a American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.
22. Work with Congress on a School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kids to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. 
Ends common core. Bring education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make two and four-year college more affordable.
23. Work with Congress on a Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. 
Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA. There are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.
24. Work with Congress on a Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-site childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.
25. Work with Congress on an End Illegal Immigration Act. Fully funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for its full cost. 
Establish a two-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the US after a previous deportation, and a five-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations.  
Reform visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.
26. Work with Congress on a Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police. 
Increase resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.
27. Work with Congress on a Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment.
Provide Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice. Protect our vital infrastructure from cyberattack. 
Establish new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values.
28. Work with Congress on a Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enact new ethics reforms to drain the swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.
A Final Comment
Presidents propose. Congress and federal courts dispose. Yet presidents exercise executive order power - despite no constitutional provision authorizing it.
Article II requires presidents to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” Every president since George Washington used executive orders in various ways.
Congress and federal courts can override them, subject to a presidential veto. Significant rulings were authorized by this practice.
During the Civil War, Lincoln suspended habeas rights under the Constitution’s Suspension Clause, stating “the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion and invasion the public safety may require it.”
Two executive orders comprised his Emancipation Proclamation. During WW II, Franklin Roosevelt established internment camps for Japanese citizens, using executive order power.
Dwight Eisenhower put Arkansas National Guard forces under federal control to enforce Little Rock desegregation. Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson used executive orders for affirmative action and equal employment opportunity actions.
Presidents have enormous power to act on their own - including extrajudicially attacking other nations, flagrantly violating international and constitutional law.
The greatest risk of a Hillary administration is confronting Russia belligerently, perhaps with nuclear weapons - maybe China and Iran to follow, a doomsday scenario if launched.
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. 

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Election Day in America: Prelude to Doomsday?

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 22:14

Election Day in America: Prelude to Doomsday?
by Stephen Lendman
A likely Hillary victory should terrify everyone. Her extreme anti-Russia militancy puts nuclear war on the table as a US option - maybe ordering it during her first year in office as Paul Craig Roberts warns.
US relations with Russia under Putin are worse than any time since the Bolshevik revolution nearly 100 years ago, more dangerous than any time during the Cold War - certain to descend to new depths of darkness, tyranny, corporate favoritism, and preparedness for nuclear war under Hillary and neocon lunatics certain to infest her administration.
Edward Herman calls her “the most dangerous person living in the world today.” I call her the most ruthlessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history - about to become president-elect after polls close Thursday, barring America’s greatest ever electoral surprise.
I vividly remember the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Had a neocon lunatic like Hillary been president, devastating nuclear war might have followed.
Thankfully, we had Jack Kennedy. In January 1961, he entered office a warrior leader, transformed himself into a peacemaker, wanted nuclear weapons abolished “before they abolish us.”
He wanted a “general and complete disarmament,” rapprochement with Soviet Russia, the Cold War ended, and all US forces out of Vietnam by December 1965.
He deplored “craz(ies)” urging war. During the height of the Cuban missile crisis, he “never had the slightest intention” of removing them by military force, he said.
America never had another leader like him. From inception, an array of warriors led the nation, from George Washington to George W. Bush, Obama and likely war goddess Hillary to follow - the nation at war at home and/or abroad every year in its history, the truest measure of a rogue state.
Had CIA dark forces not assassinated Kennedy, his brother Bobby and Martin Luther King, imagine how different America might have been - at least for a time, waging peace worldwide instead of endless wars of aggression against nonbelligerent countries threatening no one.
Today under Obama, with Hillary in the wings to succeed him, vicious anti-Russia propaganda exceeds the worse Cold War vitriol preceding it - America on a slippery slope toward nuclear war once she ascends to power as expected.
Months after Washington replaced Democrats with Nazi-infested putschists in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented, saying “(p)ardon us for our country’s existence in the middle of your military bases.”
“Washington has openly declared its right to use military force unilaterally and wherever it sees fit in order to protect its own interests.”
“The Western alliance, led by the United States, while (claiming to defend) democracy and human rights, on the global arena assumes an opposite stance, disregarding the principle of the sovereign equality of states, as stipulated in the UN Charter, and trying to decide for others what is good and what is bad.”
America consistently violates fundamental international, constitutional and US statute laws in pursuing its imperial agenda - virtually certain to reach dangerous levels of extremism with Hillary as president.
Changing of the guard occurs on January 20, 2017, a disquieting time for mourning, trepidation and alarm for what’s likely ahead.
Bush/Cheney gave us state-sponsored 9/11 and war on humanity. Obama exceeded their extremism. Hillary may finish us off entirely. Tremble at what’s likely coming with her in power.
On the eve of Britain’s entry into WW I, UK Foreign Secretary Edward Grey remarked “(t)he lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”
WW II began two decades later, followed by America’s post-9/11 phony war on terrorism, a real war on humanity at home and abroad - raging endlessly, certain to escalate with Hillary in charge, maybe mushroom cloud denouement awaiting us all ahead with her finger on the nuclear trigger.
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.

Battle for Raqqa Another US Deception

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 22:10

Battle for Raqqa Another US Deception
by Stephen Lendman
There’s nothing civil about Obama’s war on Syria, one of history’s great crimes - using ISIS and likeminded jihadist extremists as US death squads, raping and destroying a sovereign state threatening no others. 
America wants another imperial trophy. Terrorists imported from scores of countries are aided by Pentagon special forces and US-led so-called coalition warplanes.
They’re terror-bombing vital infrastructure, government sites and civilian targets, operating illegally, not combating ISIS as officially proclaimed.
Washington’s orchestrated Raqqa offensive has nothing to do with liberating the city from ISIS control, likely intending to reposition its fighters elsewhere, perhaps in the battle for Aleppo. 
The offensive’s aim is a likely scheme to divide Syria, transferring sovereignty from Damascus to northern territory, controlled by a US-installed puppet regime, maybe a Kurdish/Arab coalition if things go the way Washington plans.
It’s using terrorist fighters called “moderates” and Kurdish YPD forces, wanting an independent Kurdistan in northern Syria, perhaps a platform for incorporating Kurdish-populated Iraq and Turkey one day. 
Last March, Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) officials met with Arabs and other northern Syria ethnic groups in northeastern Hasakeh province. They agreed on establishing area autonomy, short of declaring independence - likely acting with US support.
Turkey is adamantly opposed. So is Damascus, Syrian UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari at the time, saying “(b)etting on creating any kind of divisions among the Syrians will be a total failure.”
Damascus rejects the idea of a so-called Federation of Northern Syria run as an autonomous region. It has no constitutional legitimacy.
ISIS was created and remains supported by Washington. Claims of Pentagon and so-called “coalition” warplanes bombing them in areas around Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria are phony. Empty buildings and other targets are struck - civilians indiscriminately massacred in the process.
Media scoundrels propagate the myth of America’s led liberating struggle in both countries, while ignoring its terror-bombing responsible for mass slaughter of noncombatants in Syria and Iraq - part of its phony war on terror, a post-9/11 hoax.
A reported 30,000 US-backed fighters are involved in the so-called Wrath of Euphrates Raqqa offensive. 
ISIS captured the city in 2013, establishing it as its Syrian headquarters. Maybe Washington intends relocating its fighters, wanting them used as imperial foot soldiers elsewhere in Syria.
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.

America's Endless Political Season

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 22:09
America’s Endless Political Season
by Stephen Lendman 
Americans welcoming the end of another political season have it wrong. Fundraising, influence-peddling, deep-seated corruption, and preparing for the next election goes on.
Days of postmortems will follow Tuesday’s results, maybe considerable disruption if Trump loses, as expected, and cries foul.
In stump speeches, he called Tuesday’s presidential election rigged. Asked if he’ll accept the results, he said “I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now…What I’m saying is I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.”
“If you look at your voter rolls,  you will see millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn’t be registered to vote.” In 2012, Pew Research found about 24 million inaccurate voter registrations because people moved, died or were inactive.
If triumphant on Tuesday, Hillary will enter office on January 20 the most reviled, ruthless and dangerous president in US history. A pathological liar, most voters consider her corrupt, dishonest, untrustworthy and sinister.
If enough Trump supporters believe the election was rigged, as he claims, blood in the streets could follow Tuesday’s outcome - perhaps intensifying post-inauguration.
Hillary’s first 100 days could be memorable for being tumultuous. According to an IBD/TIPP poll, conducted after Comey’s weekend announcement, whitewashing Hillary’s email scandal a second time, Trump led her by a 43 - 41% margin.
According to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD), “(l)ooking at the last three elections, IBD/TIPP has been the most accurate of 11 national polls.”
Does Trump have hidden support other polls haven’t reflected? Is Hillary so reviled, most voters prefer him as a way of rejecting her?
Will election-rigging let her triumph anyway because elements controlling America’s deep state won’t tolerate a Trump administration?
Is “a new way forward (possible one day), put(ting) people, planet and peace over profit(s)” - making America fit to live in, why Jill Stein says she’s running for president?
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.

Delivering Privacy Badger and HTTPS Everywhere to Mobile Users at WARP Speed

eff.org - Tue, 08/11/2016 - 08:01

As people spend more and more time using phones and tablets, privacy and security for mobile browsers has become an acute problem. That’s why we’re excited to see a new Android browser called WARP improving the state of the field. WARP was built by Qualcomm and EMbience, and includes ports of EFF's Privacy Badger and HTTPS Everywhere tools to bring privacy and security protections to a wider, mobile audience.

WARP is a patched version of Google's Chromium codebase. Its built-in features include Web Defender, which is a privacy mechanism that is compatible with EFF’s Privacy Badger 1.0, and Secure Connect, which is a native port of HTTPS Everywhere. WARP may also be used as the basis for customized browsers shipped by wireless carriers and handset manufacturers. However, we recommend that, if you want to use WARP (or any other browser), it's best to get the version from the Play Store rather than one that may have been modified in undocumented ways by carriers or handset manufacturers.

Privacy Badger and HTTPS Everywhere are, of course, also available to download for desktop Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. HTTPS Everywhere is also available as an extension for Firefox on Android and is bundled by default with Brave's browsers, too. Brave is a particularly good option on iOS.

Learn more about HTTPS Everywhere and Privacy Badger below.

Download Privacy Badger

Third-party tracking—that is, when advertisers and websites track your browsing activity across the web without your knowledge, control, or consent—is an alarmingly widespread practice in online advertising. Privacy Badger puts you back in control by spotting and then blocking third-party domains that seem to be tracking your browsing habits. Although Privacy Badger blocks many ads in practice, it is more a privacy tool than a strict ad blocker. Privacy Badger encourages advertisers to treat users respectfully and anonymously rather than the industry status quo of online tracking. It does this by unblocking content from domains which respect our Do Not Track policy, which states that the participating site will not retain any information about users who have expressed that they do not want to be tracked.

Download HTTPS Everywhere

A collaboration between EFF and the Tor Project, HTTPS Everywhere is an extension for Firefox (both desktop and Android), Chrome, and Opera that makes your browser use HTTPS to encrypt its communication with websites wherever possible. Some websites offer inconsistent support for HTTPS, use unencrypted HTTP as a default, or link from secure HTTPS pages to unencrypted HTTP pages. HTTPS Everywhere fixes these problems by rewriting requests to these sites to HTTPS, automatically activating encryption and HTTPS protection that might otherwise slip through the cracks.


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Voting for Hillary Supports Pure Evil

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 21:00
Voting for Hillary Supports Pure Evil
by Stephen Lendman
On the eve of arguably the most important election in US history, most Americans don’t understand the stakes involved.
One issue dwarfs all others in importance - possible humanity threatening nuclear war under Hillary v. Trump’s sense enough to shun the unthinkable. One or the other will become America’s 45th president.
Sadly, it won’t be Jill Stein, an anti-war, anti-corporate predation, ecosane true progressive, her agenda promising governance of, by and for everyone equitably. 
She’s the only presidential candidate warning about the risk of Hillary starting nuclear war with Russia. She doesn’t sleep well at night, she said, thinking about the ominous possibility.
Hillary represents an unparalleled menace to world peace, stability and security. In the 1990s, she partnered with husband Bill in raping Yugoslavia, along with maintaining criminal sanctions on Iraq, responsible for killing 5,000 children under aged five monthly - genocide by any standard.
She supported all US post-9/11 wars of choice, entirely against countries threatening no one - as Secretary of State, orchestrating devastating aggression on Libya and Syria, both countries mired in endless violence, chaos and immiseration of their people.
Her anti-Russia, anti-China, anti-Iran militancy risks thermonuclear war no one can win, threatening everyone everywhere.
Consider the enormous risk of a third Hillary and Bill Clinton co-presidency, she in the lead role with her finger on the nuclear trigger as US military commander-in-chief, an emotionally unstable neocon lunatic able to squeeze it at her discretion - unconstrained by Congress, public sentiment or international and constitutional law.
US voters on November 8 should focus on the most vital issue of our time. Should they trust a presidential aspirant assuring endless imperial wars, a possible thermonuclear one, threatening life on earth?
Trump believes partnering with Russia to defeat the scourge of ISIS makes sense - not waging war on a nuclear super-power like America, assuring losers, not winners and utter devastation on both countries.
Who do you prefer leading America - a lunatic fringe war goddess or a billionaire more interested in profits than mass destruction. An easy choice!
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. 

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Comey Whitewashes Hillary Criminality Again

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 20:50
Comey Whitewashes Hillary Criminality Again
by Stephen Lendman
Anyone guilty of Hillary’s crimes would face long prison terms. FBI Director James Comey whitewashed them.
He dismissed indictable evidence without recommending charges be brought against her - then repeated his outrage a second time days after his October surprise, reopening his investigation into Hillary’s email scandal after 650,000 new ones were discovered.
Clearly, scant review, if any, was conducted over the eight-day period from Comey’s October surprise to Sunday’s announcement.
The Clintons are untouchable. Despite clear evidence of war crimes, racketeering, perjury, obstruction of justice, fraud, bribery, influence-selling pay-to-play, and Hillary’s email scandal, barring a major November surprise, they’re heading back to the White House in January for a third co-presidential term.
Comey was pressured, bribed and/or threatened to drop his investigation, timing his announcement nearly on the eve of Tuesday’s presidential election, boosting Hillary’s candidacy by failing to do his job responsibly. His letter to relevant congressional committee chairmen said the following:
“I write to supplement my October 28, 2016 letter that notified you the FBI would be taking additional investigative steps with respect to former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a personal email server.”
“Since my letter, the fBI investigative team has been working around the clock (?) to process and review a large volume of emails (650,000) from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation.”
“During the process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State.”
“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”
“I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time.”
The investigation into Hillary’s email scandal is closed. The probe of the Clinton Foundation continues. Reacting to Comey’s Sunday announcement, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement, saying:
“The FBI’s findings from its criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s secret email server were a damning and unprecedented indictment of her judgment.” 
“The FBI found evidence Clinton broke the law, that she placed highly classified national security information at risk and repeatedly lied to the American people about her reckless conduct.” 
“None of this changes the fact that the FBI continues to investigate the Clinton Foundation for corruption involving her tenure as secretary of state. Hillary Clinton should never be president.”
Unapologetic Hillary press agent NYT was jubilant, saying “Mr. Comey’s letter swept away her largest and most immediate problem” - earlier saying she has a 93% chance of becoming America’s 45th president, on the eve of Tuesday’s election, claiming a more conservative, still overwhelming, 84% chance to defeat Trump.
Washington Post editors stuck to their advocacy throughout the campaign, saying Hillary “is amply qualified to be president” - ignoring her deplorable public criminal record.
Wall Street Journal editors got it right, saying “Comey’s review of (650,000) newly discovered Hillary Clinton-related emails was never going to change his legal judgment because the FBI and Justice Department handling of the case was never serious in the first place.”
On election eve, US voters get to choose between a woman belonging in prison because of multiple high crimes too serious to ignore and a billionaire saying he wants to “drain the (Washington) swamp.”
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. 

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US Presidential Election a Race to the Bottom, Says Jill Stein

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 19:57
US Presidential Election a Race to the Bottom, says Jill Stein
by Stephen Lendman
Neither Hillary or Trump represent the interests of ordinary Americans. Stein calls this year’s presidential election “a tipping point moment.”
No matter who wins, America’s future looks dark. “Whatever happens, there will be buyer’s remorse…There’s so much angst out there. There’s just so much fear campaigning.”
Hillary worries her most, saying “we are not going to get out of here alive with” her and husband Bill back in the White House…”With a Clinton presidency, we’d be declaring war on Russia.”
In a recent interview, she said the following:
“It’s important to look at where we are going. It’s not just a moment in time, but where has the strategy of voting for the lesser evil taken us?”
“All these times you have been told to vote for the lesser evil because you didn’t want the wars, or the meltdown of the climate, or the offshoring of our jobs, or the attack on immigrants, or the massive bailout for Wall Street, but that is actually what we have gotten. By the droves.” 
“Because we with public interest allow ourselves to be silent, and voted for the lesser evil. But the lesser evil doesn’t solve the problem. 
“The Obama administration, even with both houses of Congress, actually did all of these fossil fuel emissions. ‘All of the above’ gave us some renewable energy but it completely amplified and intensified our carbon production, which has been incredibly destructive to the climate.” 
“The wars have gotten bigger. We are now bombing seven countries.”
“It is important to not just look at the rhetoric but also look at the track record and the reality is the lesser people and greater people is a race to the bottom, and even Donald Trump in the right wing extremism grows out of the policies of the Clintons, in particular NAFTA, which sent our jobs overseas and Wall Street deregulation, which blew 9 million jobs up into smoke.” 
“That is what is creating this right wing extremism. A vote for Hillary Clinton isn’t going to fix it…”
“It is now Hillary Clinton that wants to start an air war with Russia over Syria by calling for a no-fly zone.” 
“We have 2,000 nuclear missiles on hair-trigger alert. They are saying we are closer to a nuclear war than we have ever been.” 
“Under Hillary Clinton, we could slide into nuclear war very quickly from her declared policy in Syria.” 
“I sure won’t sleep well at night if Donald Trump is elected, but I sure won’t sleep well at night if Hillary Clinton elected. We have another choice other than these two candidates who are both promoting lethal policies.” 
“On the issue of war and nuclear weapons, it is actually Hillary’s policies which are much scarier than Donald Trump who does not want to go to war with Russia.” 
“He wants to seek modes of working together, which is the route that we need to follow not to go into confrontation and nuclear war with Russia.”
Imagine America run by a leader like Stein. Imagine what’s coming when a new duopoly leader succeeds the one in office. Be scared. Be damn scared, especially if it’s Hillary, an unapologetic war goddess.
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. 

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Russia on the Right Side of Syria's Liberating Struggle

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 19:10
Russia on the Right Side of Syria’s Liberating Struggle
by Stephen Lendman
Interviewed by The (UK) Sunday Times, Assad said Russia’s military role in Syria “rests on…morals and international law.” 
Its political and military officials respect Syrian sovereignty, saying “ ‘(t)his is your country. You know more.’ They never try to interfere because they don’t want anything from us. They don’t  ask (for) a puppet presiden(cy).”
They know if US-supported terrorism isn’t defeated in Syria, it’ll spread to Europe and Russia’s heartland. It’ll become a global problem.
“In the past, if I said anything, people would say the Syrian president is disconnected from reality. Now it’s different,” said Assad. 
“The West is becoming much weaker. They don’t have a leg to stand on explaining to people what’s going on.” 
“ISIS was smuggling oil and using Iraqi oilfields under American satellites and drones to make money, and the West was not saying anything. Whereas here, the Russians interfered and ISIS started to shrink in every sense of the word.”
Separately, Fars News said Turkey continues supplying terrorists in Syria with heavy weapons, munitions and other material support. Its military opened new border crossings in northern Idlib province and Aqayrabat village near Dana.
Terrorists are being trained in Turkey, then transported cross-border to combat government forces in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria.
Reports indicate al-Nusra council member/spokesman Mustafa Faraj defected after many of its field commanders were killed in battle, adversely affecting the group’s strength.
Its command structure was weakened and thousands of fighters were killed or wounded in Aleppo. The terrorist group admitted taking heavy casualties. 
Their latest offensive was foiled, their defeat likely if Russia resumes full-scale aerial operations in all parts of the city they hold.
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. 

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Was Saturday's Reno, NV Trump Rally Incident a Foiled JFK Moment?

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 04:23
Was Saturday’s Reno, NV Trump Rally Incident a Foiled JFK Moment?
by Stephen Lendman
The incident involved a man named Austin Crites. Attending Saturday’s Reno rally, reports said he threatened Trump. 
Secret Service agents wrestled him to the ground, finding no gun on his possession. Trump was rushed off stage as a precautionary measure, returning later.
Crites was arrested, then released. Was he an assassin or a Hillary plant, wanting Trump’s rally disrupted like earlier ones - paid provocateurs involved?
Following the incident, Trump issued a statement via Twitter, saying “I would like to thank the United States Secret Service and the law enforcement resources in Reno and the state of Nevada for their fast and professional response.”
“I also want to thank the many thousands of people present for their unwavering and unbelievable support. Nothing will stop us - we will make America great again.”
An earlier article asked if a JFK, RFK, MLK Moment awaits him. If he emerges triumphant on Tuesday and diverges from Washington’s longstanding ruthless agenda, will he be eliminated and replaced?
Did Saturday’s apparent false alarm suggest a possible repeat incident coming? Did it warn him to play ball or next time an incident will be real?
Bipartisan gangsters running America behind the scenes let nothing interfere with their ruthless agenda. No one gets to be president or hold any other key elected or appointed office without being part of the dirty system - voluntarily or pressured to go along.
The lessons of JFK, RFK and MLK are never forgotten by duopoly power candidates seeking high office.
If Trump becomes America’s 45th president, rest assured he promised members of America’s deep state he’ll support their agenda.
Otherwise, maybe an unfortunate plane crash, other fatal accident, or mysterious incurable, fast-acting illness will make his tenure short-lived.
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.

Russia and Syria Resume Aleppo Area Aerial Operations

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 04:14
Russia and Syria Resume Aleppo Area Aerial Operations 
by Stephen Lendman
AMN News reported Syrian military sources warning eastern Aleppo civilians to distance themselves as far as possible from terrorists infesting areas where they’re located - ahead of a “wide-scale offensive.”
They were urged to head for the nearest government checkpoint, if possible, Russia and Syria acting responsibly, wanting civilian casualties avoided - polar opposite how America and its rogue allies operate, considering them legitimate targets in their wars of aggression.
On Sunday, AMN News said Russian warplanes resumed airstrikes against terrorists “over the western outskirts of Aleppo,” targeting suburban Al-Assad, Al-Mansourah, Minyan and Rashideen 5.
Along with Syrian warplanes, they conducted operations “over the 1070 Al-Hamdaniyah Housing Project…”
Fars News issued a similar report, indicating western and southwestern Aleppo areas with terrorist concentrations were “bombed heavily…”
Syrian military sources reported “tens of terrorists” killed, including “senior commanders, their bases, vehicles and equipment sustaining “major damage…”
Beginning on October 18, Russia and Syria suspended airstrikes on eastern Aleppo for 19 days. If they resumed in suburban areas, targeting all parts of terrorist-held Aleppo may follow in short order.
Separately, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said “in recent months, we’ve delivered more than 100 tons of the most essential goods - food, medicine and other basic necessities - to Aleppo.” 
“All the inhabitants of Aleppo had equal access to these goods, with no restrictions to those from the western or eastern part of the city. The State Department within this period has not delivered one bread crumb to the Syrians, for whom it supposedly cares so much.”
“During this period of time, the United States has not even met the obligations it assumed under agreements (with) Russia. (Moscow) never received either maps, or positions, or any other information about any terrorist organizations in Syria: from the Islamic State to Al-Nusra.”
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. 

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Irresponsibly Accusing Putin of Wanting Western Elections Disrupted

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 02:37
Irresponsibly Accusing Putin of Wanting Western Elections Disrupted
by Stephen Lendman
Hillary disgracefully accused Russia of hacking DNC emails to distract attention from clear evidence showing she stole the Democrat party nomination by primary election rigging.
Her campaign manager Robby Mook irresponsibly called Trump a Putin “puppet” - because he’d rather normalize relations with Russia than go to war with a nuclear super-power, the greatest risk of a third Hillary and Bill Clinton co-presidency, she in the leading role this time.
The Wall Street Journal hyped the nonexistent threat of Putin wanting elections in America and other countries disrupted - citing unnamed US officials making preposterous claims, saying he seeks “(e)lectoral chaos in (the) West…to safeguard (his) hold on power…”
He’s overwhelmingly popular with an 80% + approval rating. If held today, he’d win an open, free and fair reelection without campaigning - his name on the ballot enough to assure it.
Russians want no one else leading them. No evidence suggests he’s interfering in the internal affairs of other countries in any way - unlike how America operates.
Yet the Journal, to its discredit, accused Russia of “rock(ing) the presidential campaign” by hacking, perhaps “peak(ing) on election day” - despite not a shred of evidence suggesting it.
Citing disreputable “White House officials and other experts” with a clear anti-Russia agenda, the Journal absurdly said “Russian meddling…may become more potent in Europe than in the US (by) courting political figures there…”
Russia seeks cooperative relations with all nations, the way all responsible governments operate - polar opposite how America intimidates, bullies and bribes other countries to support its imperial agenda, featuring endless wars of aggression and destabilizing activities to assert its authority.
According to the neocon Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Russia researcher Pasi Eronen, elections in Germany, France and elsewhere in Europe next year “have big geopolitical implications for Russia.”
So does America’s next week most of all. No credible evidence suggests Russia trying to influence outcomes anywhere, regardless of what parties and candidates it may favor privately.
Claiming otherwise is part of unjustifiable Putin bashing - solely because he champions respect for international law, favors peace, not war, multi-world polarity and inviolability of sovereign independence for all nations, free from dominance by others, the way America operates.
The Journal: “US and European observers have criticized previous elections under Mr. Putin as rigged and marred by obvious fraud…”
Fact: Independent international monitors judged Russian presidential and parliamentary elections open, free and fair - during his tenure as Russia’s president and prime minister.
The Journal: “Mr. Putin hopes to inoculate himself against such criticism by sowing so much chaos in US and European elections before then that Western leaders will be too preoccupied with domestic problems to spend much effort criticizing the Russian poll, one senior White House official said.”
“By hacking and dumping emails, Russia is trying ‘to denigrate the American electoral system, to make it look chaotic, make it look manipulable, make it look subject to intrusion, cheating and vulnerable so you can’t trust it…to make us look no better than the Russian electoral system,’ the official said.”
Fact: Utter rubbish! Typical US willful lying and deception, distracting attention from its endless high crimes, ones the Journal and other media scoundrels suppress, supporting America’s war on humanity instead of honorably denouncing it.
WikiLeaks’ dump of over 50,000 Hillary campaign emails came from one or more US intelligence sources, not Russia, as falsely claimed.
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. 

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