UN Chief Sides with Aggressors in Syria

UN Chief Sides with Aggressors in Syria

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With rare exceptions, UN secretaries general serve US-led Western interests, supporting aggression by failing to denounce it, disgracing the office they hold, breaching UN Charter principles.

Since installed as UN secretary general by Washington in January 2017, former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres said nothing about US-led aggression in Syria or anywhere else.

He said nothing about US-led destruction of vital infrastructure in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.

Last April, Saudi/UAE terror-bombing slaughtered over five dozen Yemeni civilians at a wedding party, scores more wounded, an atrocity at what was supposed to be a joyous occasion.

A survivor called what happened “something out of judgement day, corpses and heads scattered, engulfed by fire and ashes.”

Yemenis experienced many “judgment day(s)” since conflict began in March 2015, millions in the country enduring nightmarish conditions.

“The Secretary-General reminds all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law concerning the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure during armed conflicts.”

Instead of condemning Saudi-led US aggression in Yemen, he called the conflict a “stupid war.”

He criticized Syrian forces involved in combatting US-supported terrorists, their right to self-defense, affirmed under Security Council Resolution 2401 and other international law.

On August 29, a Guterres statement through his spokesman opposed Syrian efforts to liberate Idlib province from US-supported terrorists, saying:

“The Secretary-General urgently appeals to the Government of Syria and all parties to exercise restraint and to prioritize the protection of civilians.”

 

“He calls on the Astana guarantors (Russia, Iran and Turkey) to step up efforts to find a peaceful solution to the situation in Idlib…”

He said nothing about US-supported terrorists controlling the province, holding hundreds, maybe thousands, of civilians hostage as human shields.

He ignored Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, saying al-Nusra and other terrorists in Idlib are “us(ing) this de-escalation zone to prepare attacks on the positions of the Syrian army and even for attempts to attack the Russian military base in Khmeimim using aerial drones.”

He was silent about an impending CW false flag wrongfully blamed on Damascus, used as a pretext for greater US, UK, French terror-bombing of Syrian sites.

He ignored Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muellem, saying al-Qaeda-linked White Helmets kidnapped 44 Idlib children, intending to use them as CW false flag props.

He failed to explain that Damascus eliminated its entire CW stockpile, never used these weapons any time during years of war, successfully liberating areas controlled by US-supported terrorists using conventional weapons alone.

Why would government forces use chemical or other banned weapons now, winning without them, giving Washington and its imperial partners reason to terror-bomb the country? 

Guterres has been silent about what’s most important to explain.

On Thursday, Syrian UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari blasted his unacceptable bias, supporting aggressors in the country instead of denouncing them, saying:

“Here we are talking about our surprise with (Guterres’) statement aligning (his) position (with) those countries targeting my government and my country…and referring to the threats expressed by the delegates of the US, Britain and France.”

Jaafari accused these countries and their imperial partners with waging endless war on the Syrian Arab Republic, opposing restoration of peace and stability to the nation.

“The Syrian government (and) its allies (are) the only part(ies) implementing UN Security Council resolutions pertaining to combating terrorism. Nobody else is fighting ISIS (and other terrorists) in Syria but the Syrian army supported by our allies,” Jaafari stressed.

Former UK ambassador to Syria Peter Ford believes the US, Britain and France intend “fabricat(ing) (a CW) incident,” a pretext for escalating war instead of trying to resolve it.

They’re conditioning the public to accept escalated US-led naked aggression in Syria, pretending it’s in response to CW use by its forces, a Big Lie. When repeated enough it’s believed by most people.

“(W)e better brace ourselves,” said Ford. “We better stand by for a crisis much more serious than the Douma crisis unless we raise our voices loud enough.”

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DOJ Accuses Harvard of Racial Bias in Admissions

DOJ Accuses Harvard of Racial Bias in Admissions

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The lawsuit claimed Harvard uses racial “quotas” and “racial balancing” in admitting undergraduates, adding:

The university “uses ‘holistic’ admissions to disguise the fact that it holds Asian Americans to a far higher standard than other students and essentially forces them to compete against each other for admission.”

Since 2000, Asian-Americans applying to Harvard had the lowest admission rate of any racial group despite higher test scores.

SFFA head Edward Blum said findings “expose(d) the startling magnitude of Harvard’s discrimination against Asian-American applicants,” adding:

“We believe that…further…evidence (will show) Harvard is in deliberate violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.”

SFFA accused university officials of attempting to suppress data revealing its discriminatory practices.

Treating university applicants and other individuals differently based on race, ethnicity, and/or religion is clearly discriminatory.

OIR findings showed Asian-American applicants ranked significantly better in test scores, academics, and alumni interview evaluations.

White students ranked higher only in personal qualities, assigned by the admissions office.

On August 30, the Justice Department filed a Statement of Interest, supporting the plaintiff in Students For Fair Admissions, Inc. (SFFA) v. President And Fellows Of Harvard College in US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. 

Following a complaint by over 60 Asian-American organizations, the DOJ initiated a Title VI investigation into Harvard’s admissions practices.

According to the DOJ’s August 30 Statement of Interest issued, “Harvard has failed to show that it does not unlawfully discriminate against Asian Americans.”

“As a condition of receiving millions of dollars in taxpayer funding every year, Harvard specifically agrees to not discriminate on the basis of race in its admissions decisions.” 

“(T)he students and parents who brought this suit have presented compelling evidence that Harvard’s use of race unlawfully discriminates against Asian Americans.” 

“In today’s filing, the United States urges the court to grant the plaintiffs the opportunity to prove these claims at trial.”

The DOJ’s statement rejected Harvard’s motion for dismissal of the suit before going to trial. DOJ lawyers criticized university officials for failing to act on the OIR’s report, revealing discrimination against Asian-American applicants.

University spokeswoman Anna Cowenhoven denied charges by the plaintiff and DOJ that Harvard’s admissions practices are discriminatory, a statement saying:

“We are deeply disappointed that the Department of Justice has taken the side of Edward Blum and Students for Fair Admissions, recycling the same misleading and hollow arguments that prove nothing more than the emptiness of the case against Harvard.”

As part of its investigation, the DOJ had access to applicants’ admissions files, rating procedures, and internal university correspondence.

Harvard admitted using race in its admissions process. It failed to show how it’s weighed against other factors in judging applicants (including grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, etc.).

Nor did it show how it assures no illegal discrimination occurs. Supreme Court rulings require university assurances. Harvard failed to do it in this case.

It uses a possibly biased against Asian-Americans “personal rating,” based on an applicant’s file.

The DOJ also cited evidence showing university “admissions officers and committees consistently monitor and manipulate the racial makeup of incoming classes…result(ing) in (admissions practices assuring) stable racial demographics…”

The Supreme Court ruled against attempts to “racially balance” student bodies, calling the practice “patently unconstitutional.”

The DOJ also said Harvard “never seriously considered alternative, race-neutral ways to compile a diverse student body, which it is required to do under existing law.”

The case has yet to go to trial. It remains ongoing until resolved judicially at the district or higher court levels.

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UN Human Rights Committee Rules for Lula’s Right to Run for President in Brazil

UN Human Rights Committee Rules for Lula’s Right to Run for President in Brazil

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Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was imprisoned last April on dubious corruption charges after the nation’s high court ruled his 12-year sentence could be enforced while appealing his conviction.

He’s Brazil’s most popular politician, his approval rating over 80% when leaving office. Charges against him and imprisonment were all about wanting him barred from seeking reelection in October.

Recent polls show he’d win reelection if allowed to run. Dark forces in Brazil and Washington want him kept out of the contest for president.

In 2016, the Obama regime conspired with Brazilian hardliners  to impeach and remove democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff from office on bogus charges.

Lula is no champion of progressive governance. As president, he largely supported monied interests. Yet he was a far cry from extremists running the country now.

He was convicted of accepting an alleged $1.2 million bribe from Brazilian construction company OAS in exchange for helping the firm obtain government contracts.

He denies it. So did his lead attorney, Valeska Texeira Zanin Martin, early saying “(n)o credible evidence of guilt has been produced, and overwhelming proof of his innocence blatantly ignored.”

He was acquitted of “imputations of corruption and money laundering involving the storage of presidential stock for lack of sufficient proof of materiality.”

His legal team said Judge Sergio Moro’s ruling ignored evidence of innocence, accusing him of political bias.

According to his lead attorney Martin, bank and real estate records prove Lula’s innocence. Money he allegedly used to buy a three-story beachfront apartment wasn’t a bribe, she explained, because it’s registered in the OAS’ name.

If sold, the transaction would prove he didn’t acquire the property. Prosecutor Henrique Pozzobon suggested he may have been framed, saying “(w)e don’t have to prove…We have conviction.”

Earlier this month, a UN Human Rights Committee panel of independent experts, overseeing compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ruled for Lula’s right to exercise his political rights to run for reelection in October.

It called for Brazil’s government “not to prevent him from standing for election in the 2018 presidential elections, until his appeals before the courts have been completed in fair judicial proceedings,” adding:

“Lula can enjoy and exercise his political rights while in prison, as candidate in the 2018 presidential elections.”

“This includes having appropriate access to the media and members of his political party.”

He should only be disqualified from running if his appeal is denied.

Brazil’s ruling regime said the Committee’s ruling wasn’t legally binding. His legal team said “no Brazilian government entity can present any obstacles to former president Lula’s ability to run in the 2018 presidential elections, until his appeals are exhausted in a fair trial.”

In cahoots with the ruling regime and Washington, Brazil’s high court is expected to declare Lula ineligible to run for reelection.

As in America and other Western countries, the system is rigged in Brazil to serve powerful interests at the expense of everyone else.

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Claims of Syrian CW Use Are Bald-Faced Lies

Claims of Syrian CW Use Are Bald-Faced Lies

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Victims of US aggression are blamed for crimes committed against them. Media scoundrels turn truth on its head, reporting the official falsified narrative, suppressing hard truths.

Propaganda masquerading as journalism is weaponized to serve US-led Western and Israeli interests. Good guys are called “terrorists.”

Real terrorists are called freedom fighters, rebels or opposition forces.

Washington, NATO, Israel and their imperial partners want the terrorist stronghold protected, a platform for continuing endless war in the country, as well as from and around illegal US bases near the Turkish, Iraqi and Jordanian borders.

The US, UK and France have hundreds of cruise missiles on warships near Syria, ready to be launched on command.

In Moscow, meeting with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem stressed what’s well known but publicly denied in the West.

Syria eliminated its entire chemical weapons arsenal, confirmed by OPCW inspectors. Claims otherwise are bald-faced lies.

He warned about an impending CW false flag like last April, used as a pretext for US, UK, French terror-bombing of Syrian sites.

He stressed the importance of liberating Idlib province from al-Nusra and other US-supported terrorist, saying:

“The decision of the Syrian leadership is to combat Jabhat al-Nusra in Idlib, whatever the sacrifices…(T)he priority is for the local reconciliations which we have carried out in several areas across Syria.” 

“We are ready to make every effort to avoid civilian casualties. We opened Abu al-Dahour corridor for a week and interacted with the local reconciliation committees.” 

He and Lavrov stressed the illegitimacy of US and other foreign forces in Syria. The Trump regime promised to leave, yet creates phony pretexts for staying.

“The US, UK and France are not happy with the failure of their plot in Syria. So they want to attack it from outside the UN Security Council in order to foil the political process, offer assistance to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist(s) and prolong the crisis.” 

“(W)e have the legitimate right to defend ourselves, and the aggressor States will bear the disastrous consequences due to their aggression,” said al-Moallem.

Lavrov stressed the importance of all sides observing Security Council Resolution 2254. He said Russia’s Defense and Foreign Ministries warned the US, Britain and France “not to play with fire” by creating a phony pretext to terror-bomb Syrian sites.

Adopted unanimously in December 2015, SC 2254 called for ceasefire, diplomatic conflict resolution, and the exclusive right of Syrians to choose their leadership, governance, and future, free from foreign interference.

Washington and its partners breached it straightaway, ignoring SC resolutions and other international law conflicting with their imperial agenda, prolonging war instead of resolving it.

As long as Trump regime hardliners want it continued, resolution will remain unattainable.

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Eulogizing War Criminal McCain

Eulogizing War Criminal McCain

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America honors its worst. McCain was an unapologetic imperial spear carrier, a thuggish scoundrel supporting all US wars of aggression against nations threatening no one.

He was uncaring about the horrific human cost, dismissive about millions of civilians perishing post-9/11 alone, countless millions more harmed by US-led aggression he cheerled.

At a Thursday memorial service in Phoenix, attended by numerous congressional members and others, he was eulogized by likeminded scoundrels, including former vice president Joe Biden, saying:

“My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democrat (undemocratic, he failed to explain),” adding “I love John McCain.” Make you wanna wince in disgust? You bet!

Further disgraceful remarks followed, Biden saying “I trusted John with my life…Character is destiny. John had character.”

Vietnamese civilians he massacred indiscriminately from 30,000 feet would say otherwise if alive. 

So would millions slaughtered by all US imperial wars, ones McCain wholeheartedly supported, mindless of highest of high crimes committed. Nazis at Nuremberg were sentenced to death for the same offenses.

Biden reflected about ravaging brain cancer taking McCain’s life, calling it “brutal…relentless…unforgiving.”

He was silent about US imperial wars, massacring millions, turning cities, towns and villages to rubble, conflicts raging endlessly in multiple theaters, high crimes committed daily, horrors McCain endorsed and relished.

So do most others in Washington, profiles in courage virtually absent. Rare exceptions prove the rule.

“I always thought of John as a brother,” said Biden, admitting they didn’t always agree, never disagreeing about Washington’s imperial agenda, its wars of aggression against humanity at home and abroad.

For years after US forces raped and destroyed Southeast Asia, massacring millions, McCain called the Vietnamese “gooks.”

When asked about his racial slur, he said “I hate the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live.”

He supported rescinding Martin Luther King Day. He kept white supremacists, race-baiting swift-boaters, as well as lobbyists for despots and terrorists on his staff.

An unapologetic warmonger, he endorsed unrestrained militarism, belligerence, and naked aggression throughout his public life. He urged invading, raping, and destroying Iraq in the 1990s.

Nothing about him reflected civility, decency, or respect for humanity he was uncaring about.

A longtime leading congressional warmonger, he called for using any means necessary to destroy US enemies, nations threatening no one, targeted solely for their sovereign independence and opposition to America’s imperial agenda.

He flew 23 terror-bombing missions over North Vietnam, averaging about 30 minutes each before shot down, captured and held as a POW.

Biden and others eulogized the mythical McCain, his disgraceful/lawless public disservice record ignored.

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Are Trump Regime Hardliners Sabotaging US/North Korea Talks?

Are Trump Regime Hardliners Sabotaging US/North Korea Talks?

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Washington can never be trusted. Its promises are consistently broken. Rare exceptions prove the rule.

Accepting US pledges at face value is hazardous to the security of all sovereign independent nations and most others.

What’s going on post-mid-June Kim Jong-Un/Trump summit talks is reminiscent of how US/DPRK relations unravelled earlier.

In 1994, US/North Korean talks were held. An Agreed Framework was signed.

Pyongyang agreed to replace its nuclear power plant program with a light water nuclear reactor, along with steps toward normalizing relations with Washington.

The Clinton regime agreed to build two light-water reactors by 2003. It promised to supply Pyongyang with 500,000 tons of heavy fuel annually.

Both countries agreed to provide “formal assurances” against threatened or actual use of nuclear weapons.

Pyongyang agreed to allow Washington to monitor its nuclear sites. The deal collapsed after GW Bush called North Korea part of an axis of evil in his first State of the Union address.

The DPRK upheld its part of the deal. Washington systematically breached it, reneging on its word. North Korea responded by resuming plutonium enrichment.

In August 2003, six-party talks were initiated, involving North and South Korea, China, Russia, America and Japan.

Hostility and betrayal defined US policy toward North Korea throughout its post-WW II history. 

Is this time different with the most extremist/belligerent ever US regime in power? It’s unrelentingly hostile toward all sovereign independent countries, wanting their legitimate governments toppled.

Since Kim/Trump summit talks in mid-June, US relations toward North Korea deteriorated. Trump regime hardliners demand everything in return for empty promises.

World body leadership was likely complicit with Trump regime hardliners, opposed to improved relations with Pyongyang.

An early August leaked UN report claimed DPRK nuclear and missile programs are still active. It also accused its government of breaching sanctions that never should have been imposed in the first place.

Washington may resume provocative regional military exercises North Korean officials believe are rehearsals for invasion.

The DPRK’s ruling party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, accused US forces in Okinawa, Japan of conducting drills, simulating an “infiltration into Pyongyang…involving man-killing special units while having a dialogue with a smile on its face,” calling what’s going on US “double-dealing.”

Kim suggested one-sided US demands may undermine talks. An unnamed senior Trump official said Bolton and likely Pompeo favor toughness in dealing with Pyongyang.

They support stiffer sanctions, including a full oil and gas embargo, certain to undermine negotiations like earlier if things move in this direction.

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Netanyahu Threatens Iran Over Its Defense Pact with Syria

Netanyahu Threatens Iran Over Its Defense Pact with Syria

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Last Sunday, Iran’s Defense Minister General Amir Hatami and his Syrian counterpart General Ali Abdullah Ayyoub signed a defense and technical cooperation agreement.

It “define(s) areas of bilateral presence, participation, and cooperation” in defending the security of both nations.

They’re targeted for regime change by Washington and Israel, why the Obama regime attacked Syria, US aggression continued by Trump hardliners, Iran next on their target list, wanting its government replaced by pro-Western puppet rule.

What’s going on endlessly is what the scourge of imperialism is all about, a pure evil agenda for world domination by brute force, involving mass slaughter and destruction.

Netanyahu is like Trump regime hardliners Bolton, Pompeo and others. They represent the greatest threat to world peace.

At a Wednesday Dimona nuclear site ceremony, renaming the infamous facility involved in Israeli nuclear weapons development the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center, Netanyahu threatened Iran with mass destruction, saying:

“In the Middle East, and in many parts of the world, there is a simple truth.”

“There is no place for the weak. The weak crumble, are slaughtered, and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive.”

“(O)ur enemies know very well what Israel is capable of doing. They are familiar with our policy. Whoever tries to hurt us, we hurt them.”

“I am not spouting slogans. I am describing a persistent, clear and determined policy…backed by appropriate deployment, equipment, preparedness and, in the hour of need, appropriate orders.”

In response to Netanyahu’s hostile remarks, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: 

“Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory. Beyond shameless in the gall.”

Iran abhors these weapons, wants them eliminated to prevent them from eliminating everyone.

Iran is a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signatory. Israel refused to sign the NPT.

Netanyahu lied about Iranian “forces and advanced weapons systems in Syria.” Iranian military advisers are in the country at the behest of Damascus, aiding Assad combat the scourge of US, NATO, Israeli-supported ISIS and other terrorists.

Separately on Wednesday, Israeli intelligence minister Yisrael Katz threatened Syria and Iran over their defense and technical cooperation agreement.

It “cross(ed) the red line we have set,” he roared, adding:

“Israel will not allow Iran to settle in Syria. We will act with all our might against any Iranian position in Syria that threatens the State of Israel. (Assad) would bear the consequences immediately.”

On Tuesday, US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin met with his Israeli counterpart Moshe Kahlon. Both officials agreed on toughening economic sanctions and other joint harshness on Iran.

On the same day, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said “(w)e will not allow the United States’ plots to succeed.”

“(W)e will not allow a bunch of anti-Iranians, who have gathered at the White House today to plot against us.”

The threat of another US/UK orchestrated CW false flag incident in Syria heightens the risk of escalating conflict more than already.

On Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov said the planned provocation aims to maintain “the last remaining hotbed of terrorists” in Syria’s Idlib province.

On Wednesday, Russia’s ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov warned the Trump regime, saying:

“We warned the US against launching a new baseless and illegal aggression on Syria.”

“The main thing is that we expressed our concerns about American signals of preparing new strikes on Syria” based on fabricated claims about using CWs Damascus eliminated and never used throughout the conflict, Antonov adding:

“We stressed that such a prospect is of grave concern for us. We called on Washington to provide facts (without delay) on the reasons why the topic with the use of chemical weapons by Damascus is further fueled.”

“This provocation, which is being prepared with active involvement of British Special Services, may become a pretext for the western ‘trio’ (Washington-London-Paris) to conduct another missile strike against Syrian military and civil infrastructure.”

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Iran Nuclear Deal May Die

Iran Nuclear Deal May Die

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The Trump regime’s unconscionable JCPOA pullout may end up killing the deal, or weakening it beyond repair as long as Iranophobes are in charge of Washington’s geopolitical agenda. 

Full support by Russia and China isn’t enough. Backing from Britain, France and Germany is largely rhetorical so far. 

The EU blocking statute, banning bloc companies from complying with US sanctions on Iran, along with prohibiting EU courts from enforcing them, isn’t stopping major European companies from severing business relations with Tehran to preserve economic ties with the US.

If this continues and Europe stops buying Iranian oil later this year, the JCPOA is likely doomed.

What’s going on is part of a near-40 year US plot to colonize the Islamic Republic, wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing its sovereign independence.

The Trump regime is pursuing this objective by tough sanctions and destabilizing activities, wanting Iran’s government toppled by economic harshness and brute force.

The JCPOA hangs by a thread because of Trump regime actions. It’s in full anti-Iran regime change mode, including vicious propaganda, supported by media scoundrels, repeating a long ago discredited litany of Big Lies, along with threatening other nations with sanctions if they fail to go along with US toughness on the Islamic Republic.

Iran threatens no one. It’s combating regional terrorism, not supporting or pursuing it like Washington, NATO, Israel, and their imperial partners.

It’s the region’s leading supporter of peace and stability, seeking cooperative relations with all other countries, polar opposite how Washington and its allies operate.

It’s targeted for regime change because of its sovereign independence, opposition to US/Israeli naked aggression, as well as the Netanyahu regime wanting its main regional rival eliminated.

On August 29, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said no talks will be held with the Trump regime, adding the Islamic Republic can’t count on European support, Brussels most often bending to Washington’s will.

“Europeans should understand from the deeds and words of Iranian government officials that their actions will prompt appropriate measures and reactions from the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he stressed, adding:

“There is no problem with negotiations and keeping contact with the Europeans, but you should give up hope on them over economic issues or the nuclear deal.”

The JCPOA “is a means, not the goal, and if we come to this conclusion that it does not serve our national interests, we can abandon it.”

If European nations backtrack on normal trade ties with Iran, notably by not buying Iranian oil, along with failing to maintain normal financial relations, the Islamic Republic may walk away from the JCPOA.

On August 30, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Washington’s JCPOA pullout challenged Brussels to maintain an agreement needing cooperation from all parties involved.

She revealed Europe’s likely unwillingness to jeopardize its political and economic ties with the US. Will Brussels end up sacrificing the JCPOA to maintain them?

On August 6, the Trump regime imposed tough new sanctions on Iran, tougher ones coming in November to impose “maximum economic” harshness on the country.

If Brussels fails to challenge the US agenda toward Iran by actions with teeth, an unlikely prospect, the JCPOA may be doomed before yearend.

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Will Russia Challenge US-Led Aggression in Syria?

Will Russia Challenge US-Led Aggression in Syria?

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Republicans and undemocratic Dems are addicted to wars of aggression. Peace and stability are considered unpatriotic. 

No enemies exist so they’re  invented to maintain a permanent state of war, waging them endlessly, today in multiple theaters, new adversaries invented for future wars.

Creator of America’s nuclear navy Admiral Hyman Rickover later regretted his involvement, telling Congress in 1982 he wasn’t proud of what he did, saying if he had his way, he’d “sink” all nuclear-powered ships, adding:

“…I am a great exponent of stopping this whole nonsense of war,” admitting earlier attempts always failed.

The danger he feared most was “when a war starts, every nation (waging then) ultimately use(s) whatever weapon(s) it has” in its arsenal to win, including nuclear ones eventually.

“I think the human race is going to wreck itself, and it is important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it,” he stressed.  

Syrian air defenses are on high alert for the impending attack. According to RT, Russia “dispatched the largest number of naval vessels into Syrian waters since the beginning of its intervention” in the conflict against US-supported terrorists nearly three years ago.

According to AMN News, up to 17 Russian naval vessels are in Syrian waters ahead of a likely US/UK orchestrated CW false flag, followed by US-led terror-bombing of Syrian sites.

Escalated war seems likely. US-dominated NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu ludicrously urged Russia to show restraint.

Russia an Syria have clear evidence of an impending Idlib CW false flag incident to be wrongfully blamed on Damascus.

The Trump regime’s denial rang hollow. Idlib is the last major stronghold of US-supported terrorists in Syria. Sergey Lavrov stressed the importance of “liquidat(ing)” this “abscess.”

Will Putin challenge Washington’s regional imperial scourge? Will he stop pretending conflict resolution is possible by dealing with the Trump regime and its imperial allies diplomatically?

The only language the US understands is force. As long as Russia maintains the myth of partnership with Washington instead of giving it a taste of its own medicine to say enough is enough, conflict will likely continue raging endlessly.

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Syrian Documents Reveal CW False Flag Coming

Syrian Documents Reveal CW False Flag Coming

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During a Tuesday special Security Council session on Syria, its UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari minced no words saying:

“I put in your hands documented information on the preparations taken by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization and the affiliated groups to use the chemical weapons against civilians in Idlib province to accuse the Syrian Arab Army and to justify any aggression that might be launched on Syria.”

Eight canisters of toxic chlorine were sent to Halouz village in Idlib, accompanied by US/UK-funded White Helmets terrorists and US/UK-supported al-Nusra and allied cutthroat killer jihadists, Jaafari explained.

What’s going on is preparation for a CW false flag in Idlib to be wrongfully blamed on Damascus, a pretext for more US, UK, French terror-bombing of Syrian sites, escalating conflict to prevent Russia-led efforts to resolve it.

“We are serious regarding the track of the political process led by the Syrians only without any foreign interference, and we are determined to restore security and stability and to preserve sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Syrian Arab Republic and to guarantee the return of all displaced Syrians to their areas and homes,” Jaafari stressed.

On Tuesday, Russian center for reconciliation head General Alexey Tsygankov said:

“Escorted by eight members of the White Helmets, (CW) toxicants were delivered to a warehouse (in Idlib province), which” US-supported al-Nusra terrorists intend using for a false flag incident to be wrongfully blamed on Damascus. 

“Two high-ranking (al-Nusra terrorists) accepted the consignment there,” Tsygankov added.

CWs were also delivered to a heavily populated area in southern Idlib province for  another likely CW false flag incident.

On Monday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said:

“These preparations testify to the US intentions to make a ploy of the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces in Idlib, which (al-Nusra terrorists are) about to stage with intensive reliance on UK secret services” in cahoot with the Trump regime.

During Tuesday’s Security Council session, Russia’s UN envoy Vasily Nebenzia said the US “continues its inherently neocolonial course aimed at divi(ding) and controlling the sovereign Syrian state,” adding:

It’s “clear that” the Trump regime, in cahoots with its imperial partners, intend “to take hold of the Syrian territory and gain control over its resources.”

Various US officials admitted Pentagon special forces and other combat troops came to Syria to stay, including Joint Chiefs chairman General Joseph (“fighting Joe) Dunford.

On Tuesday, he said US troops are involved in “training (local) security forces necessary to stabilize those areas that have already been cleared of ISIS, and that is going to take some time to do that.”

Dunford failed to explain Washington created and supports ISIS, al-Nusra, and other terrorist groups, using them as imperial proxies, not combatting them as falsely claimed.

Trump regime war secretary James (“mad dog”) Mattis made it clear that Washington’s objective is regime change, followed by pro-Western puppet rule replacing Syria’s sovereign independence, saying:

Assad must go remains firm Trump regime policy, ignoring his overwhelming popular support, clearly showing Syrians want no one else leading them.

Actions by Washington and its imperial partners in Syria, throughout the region, and elsewhere flagrantly violate international law. 

Nations are prohibited from interfering in the internal affairs of other states except in self-defense if attacked. 

With vital Russian, Iranian, and Hezbollah help, Damascus aims to restore peace and stability to the country, wanting US-led dark forces aiming to gain another imperial trophy defeated.

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UN Report on Yemen Ignore US Responsibility for War

UN Report on Yemen Ignores US Responsibility for War

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US-orchestrated full-scale Saudi/UAE-led aggression on the country began in March 2015. 

Group of Regional And International Eminent Experts on Yemen said “the Government of Yemen and the coalition, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and in the de facto authorities have committed acts that may, subject to determination by an independent and competent court, amount to international crimes.”

There’s no ambiguity about what’s going on and the culpable parties. 

The so-called “Group of Experts (said they have) have reasonable grounds to believe that individuals in the Government of Yemen and the coalition may (sic) have conducted attacks in violation of the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution that may amount to war crimes.”

“There is little evidence of any attempt by parties to the conflict to minimize civilian casualties.”

An earlier UNICEF report said at least one Yemeni child under age-five dies every 10 minutes from starvation alone. 

There’s no ambiguity about horrific ongoing war crimes, Washington, NATO, the Saudis and UAE largely responsible, even Israel to blame for supporting US-orchestrated aggression.

The so-called Group of Experts ignored US responsibility for orchestrating naked aggression on the region’s poorest country.

Houthi fighters aren’t free from culpability for illegal actions throughout the war. Yet their offenses are minor compared to US-orchestrated aggression on the country, along with Saudi/UAE-led terror-bombing and other high crimes, including illegal detentions, torture, and other abuses.

Other countries involved are guilty of partnering with America’s rage for dominance regardless of the human cost.

The so-called Group of Experts failed to lay blame where it mostly belongs. The scourge of US imperialism is what its endless wars of aggression are all about.

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ISIS and Al-Nusra Operate in US-Controlled Rukban Refugee Camp

ISIS and Al-Nusra Operate in US-Controlled Rukban Refugee Camp

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US forces illegally control a 55-sq. km area in southeastern Syria near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders. 

It’s a staging area for US-led naked aggression in the country’s south, using ISIS and other terrorists. Kurdish YPG fighters, al-Nusra and other terrorists are used for the same purpose in northern areas near Turkey’s border.

US-supported terrorists are trained and protected at the Pentagon’s illegal Al-Tanf base. Thousands of other cutthroat killers operate from the US-controlled Rukban refugee camp.

Conditions in it are dire. US forces prevent humanitarian aid from reaching tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, fighters recruited from their ranks to combat government forces, together with ISIS and other terrorists.

Last Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said “ISIS (and) al-Nusra (terrorists) in possession of heavy arms are hiding among the civilians,” (in Rukban, holding them hostage) as human shields.”

“We have actual information that confirms that this happening (in cahoots with) the US military” operating from the Al-Tanf base.

A UN Security Council Sanctions Monitoring Team said Rukban is a source for the reemergence of ISIS terrorists in Syria’s southwest.

In early August, Russian General Sergey Rudskoy called Rukban a camp where refugees “are living in harsh conditions and where (US-supported ISIS and other) terrorists find shelter.”

US support for ISIS, al-Nusra, and other terrorists in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere is an open dirty secret.

It’s been US strategy since Pentagon-led 2011 aggression on Libya, letting terrorists do America’s killing and dying for it, supported by US-led terror-bombing.

That’s what the scourge of US imperialism is all about, raping and destroying countries, blaming victims for high crimes committed against them.

Endless US wars on humanity rage with no prospect for world peace and stability.

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Twitter Co-Founder’s Medium Website Slams Truth-Telling on Syria

Twitter Co-Founder’s Medium Website Slams Truth-Telling on Syria

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Evans lied claiming the site intends “mak(ing) your day better,” featuring “stories…that change the world…help(ing) you find the right audience for whatever you have to say.”

directory on 151 public figures” it claims “expressed support (for) and/or whitewashed” information about Syria’s Bashar al-Assad’s government.

It shamefully said it aims to distinguish between “what is true and who to trust about Syria, why the people on (its) list should not be trusted as sources.”

Journalists and others the Medium called “Assadists” or Assad apologists oppose US-led naked aggression on the country. They support Syria’s sovereign independence.

They comment accurately on what’s going on. They’re not involved in “criminal…incitement of a crime against humanity,” as the Medium disgracefully claimed, saying some figures on its list are more guilty than others.

On June 4, 2014, in an election independent international monitors judged open, free and fair, Syrians overwhelmingly voted for Assad to remain president.

They want no one else leading them. No one has the right to ignore or try to undermine the democratic will of the Syrian people or their counterparts in other countries.

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The NYT Calls Russophobia a Conspiracy Theory

The NYT Calls Russophobia a Conspiracy Theory

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The Times shamefully claimed John McCain’s death “deprived the Kremlin and its propaganda machine (sic) of…a cherished punching bag (and) central protagonist in their favorite conspiracy theory (sic) – the view that Western sanctions against Russia and President Trump’s inability to lift them have nothing to do with anything Russia has done but are the result of ‘Russophobia.’ ”

In response to his death, Tass said he “one of the staunchest supporters of anti-Russian sanctions and was known for his harsh criticism of Moscow.”

Unprincipled, ethically compromised con man Bernie Sanders is among them, more demagogue than public servant, his soul for sale at the right price.

He shamefully claimed that “the evidence is overwhelming” that Russia “help(ed) elect the candidate of their choice, Mr. Trump, to undermine in a significant way American democracy,” adding:

“The Trump campaign had repeated contacts with the senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.” 

Both remarks were shameful Big Lies, typical Sanders demagoguery, bluster with no facts backing baseless accusations.

In response to McCain’s death, 

Sanders disgracefully tweeted: “John McCain was an American hero, a man of decency and honor and a friend of mine. He will be missed not just in the US Senate but by all Americans who respect integrity and independence.”

McCain was much more than a Russophobic scoundrel. He was an enemy of world peace, stability, equity, justice, democratic values and rule of law principles.

There was nothing redeeming about his worldview and actions throughout his public life, an unapologetic imperial spear carrier like virtually all others in Washington.

What’s going on exceeds the worst of the post-WW I Red Scare and post-WW II McCarthy witch-hunt viciousness, a smear campaign against anyone he accused of being a “card-carrying communist,” others he called “soft on communism.”

Any US political figure daring to go the other way risks condemnation and defeat at the polls.

Doing the right thing, opposing Washington rage for endless wars, seeking cooperative relations with Russia and all other sovereign independent states is self-defeating, a political death sentence.

McCain was one among legions of Russophobes, a figure opposed to virtually everything just societies cherish, supported by media scoundrels, including the Times, instead of denouncing him, a thug portrayed as near-saintly.

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Abominable New US-Mexico Trade Deal

Abominable New US/Mexico Trade Deal

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On Monday, Trump disgracefully touted the new US/Mexico trade deal, talks with Canada to join it continuing.

In a White House statement, DJT lied calling what the US and Mexico agreed on “a big day for trade, a big day for our country…a tremendous thing…a really good deal for both countries.”

The new “United States-Mexico Trade Agreement” is just the opposite.

All US trade deals are secretly negotiated behind closed doors, corporate predators having final say over what’s agreed on, assuring they’re granted new powers and privileges.

They make it easier for them to offshore jobs, ignore ecosanity, trash worker rights, and abandon policies vital for human health and well-being.

NAFTA’s investor protections incentivize offshoring production and jobs. Since taking effect on January 1, 1994, around a million US jobs were lost from this deal alone.

Wages were lowered, benefits lost, and inequality increased at the expense of fast eroding social justice.

So-called Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) facilitates offshoring of jobs to low-wage countries.

Rulings in their favor can be gotten by claiming laws protecting public health or ecosanity violate their trade agreement rights.

The new US-Mexico trade agreement (NAFTA by another name) empowers corporate predators to continue offshoring jobs.

It lets them ignore ecosanity, human health and welfare in both countries. It trashes worker rights, sub-poverty wages in Mexico as low or lower than in China, America heading in the same direction.

A petition to Congress by partnered organizations states the following:

“We, the undersigned, demand that any NAFTA replacement must…

Eliminate the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system and the special investor protections it enforces that make it less risky and cheaper to outsource jobs, and that also empower corporations to attack environmental and health laws before tribunals of three corporate lawyers and get unlimited payouts of our tax dollars.

And add strong labor and environmental standards with swift and certain enforcement to raise wages and strengthen lax environmental rules in Mexico to prevent companies from moving jobs to pay workers a pittance and dump toxins.”

Signed by:

CAF-People’s Action

Citizens Trade Campaign

Corporate Accountability

CREDO Action

Daily Kos

Demand Progress

Democracy for America

Friends of the Earth Action

Good Jobs Nation

Green America

Just Foreign Policy

Open Media

Progressive Caucus Action Fund

Public Citizen

Sierra Club

Supporting organizations include:

Alliance for Democracy

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Communications Workers of America (CWA)

Connecticut Fair Trade Coalition

Franciscan Action Network

Our Revolution

A Final Comment

Large-scale migration from Mexico to America since the 1990s was largely because US-subsidized agricultural exports under NAFTA displaced millions of Mexican farmers and related workers.

The deal also let large US manufacturers and retailers operate freely in Mexico, bankrupting its small companies.

Corporate predators in both countries benefitted at the expense of everyone else.

Once full details of the new US-Mexico trade deal are known, it may show what was agreed on is worse than NAFTA.

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McCain: A War Criminal, Not a Hero

McCain: A War Criminal, Not a Hero

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Throughout his public life, he was one of America’s worst, nothing redeeming about his support for and participation in war crimes.

As a Vietnam war combat pilot, he was involved in naked aggression, terror-bombing targets in the country indiscriminately, largely massacring defenseless civilians he didn’t give a damn about, nor did he on his death bed.

He never met a US war of aggression against nations threatening no one he didn’t wholeheartedly endorse.

“(W)anton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity” is absolutely forbidden.

Fourth Geneva protects civilians in time of war, prohibiting violence against them in any form, requiring treatment for the sick and wounded.

Washington consistently spurns all the above inviolable principles. So did McCain throughout his military and government disservice.

Hillary at the time contesting Obama for the undemocratic Dem nomination was just as despicable, saying “I want the Iranians to know that if I’m president, we will attack Iran.”

“In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”

McCain was bloodthirsty throughout his public life, a despicable figure, one of the worst, demanding condemnation, not praise, not practically elevated to sainthood after his passing.

The NYT operates as a mouthpiece for wealth, power and privilege, supporting US imperial wars instead of denouncing them. It shamefully praised McCain as a “proud naval aviator…Republican congressman and senator from Arizona and a two-time contender for the presidency.”

The neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post turned truth on its head, claiming he “spent his life serving the dignity of his fellow man.”

The Wall Street Journal said his “death leaves a foreign policy void.”

CNN, the most distrusted name in television news, called him “a singular political leader and national hero.”

A BBC obituary called him a “Vietnam war hero (there were no US ones) who became (a) common-sense conservati(ve) dealmaker…”

London’s Guardian called him “an authentic national hero.” Other Western media and officials called him a “patriot,” a “maverick,” a “man of courage,” a “man of honor,” and a “public servant of rarest courage.”

Dr. Robin Abaya asked: “What fumigant do you use after reading and quoting such grotesque, sniveling and mendacious (remarks)?  Byzantine court sycophants could never match this drivel,” adding:

McCain was the “antithesis of a merit-based military (officer, a) rock bottom of his class…Annapolis graduate,” an “incompeten(t)” pilot allowed to fly anyway because his father and grandfather were 4-star navy admirals.

“US officers from working class or rural families were well aware of how the system was rigged to favor reckless and amoral clowns with connections, like McCain.”   

“I imagine an infernal rice paddy where the souls of his victims can finish him off for eternity for his sins.” 

On Wednesday, he’ll lie in state at Arizona’s State Capitol, a memorial service to follow on Thursday.

He’ll then be flown to Washington where he’ll lie in state at the US Capitol Rotunda on Friday.

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Trump Regime Terror-Bombing of Syria Imminent

Trump Regime Terror-Bombing of Syria Imminent

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The scheme apparently intends repeating what happened before, wrongfully blaming Syria for a CW attack it had nothing to do with. 

Syria’s entire CW stockpile was destroyed years ago, confirmed by OPCW inspectors. No evidence suggests any of these weapons remain in the hands of its government or military.

Throughout years of US orchestrated aggression, Syrian forces never used them. No evidence proves otherwise. 

Obvious questions unaddressed by Western officials and media include:

Why would Damascus order CWs used against civilians its forces are liberating from US-supported terrorists?

Claims otherwise are bald-faced lies. US-supported terrorists alone used CWs numerous times, including US/UK-produced toxins supplied by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and perhaps Israel and Jordan.

US Pentagon contractors trained (and likely still train) terrorists in Jordan to use these weapons. Last year, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova explained that “Western states and regional countries have directly or indirectly supplied banned poisonous substances to militants, terrorists and extremists active in Syria.”

They bear full responsibility for using them numerous times, not Damascus or its military.

Zakhavova added that “(s)upplying chemical agents to terrorists and using photos of killed children as a pretext (to blame Syria for what it had nothing to do with) is beyond one’s comprehension.”

Damascus may be struck for the first time. US ruthlessness is unrestrained, Syria one of many sovereign independent countries targeted for regime change by Republicans and undemocratic Dems.

It’ll be “used as a pretext for a massive (US-led) military strike against Syria. This scenario is so obvious that we are doing our utmost to prevent it from being implemented.”

On Tuesday, Sergey Lavrov debunked claims of Syrian use of CWs, saying “no evidence has been presented so far” proving it.

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UN Report on Myanmar Ignores Western Imperial High Crimes

UN Report on Myanmar Ignores Western Imperial High Crimes

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According to former Indonesian attorney general mission chair Marzuki Darusman, Myanmar’s military committed “shocking human rights violations,” showing “flagrant disregard for lives,” displaying “extreme levels of brutality.”

“The Rohingya are in a continuing situation of severe systemic and institutionalized oppression from birth to death.”

Offenses cited include gang rape, torching villages, enslavement, massacres, false imprisonments, torture, and other crimes against humanity in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states.

The report said she “has not used her de facto position as Head of Government, nor her moral authority, to stem or prevent the unfolding events in Rakhine State.”

“The Government and the Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military) have fostered a climate in which hate speech thrives, human rights violations are legitimized, and incitement to discrimination and violence facilitated.”

The International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over the country because it’s not a Rome Statute signatory.

The universal jurisdiction principle (UJ) holds that certain crimes are too grave to ignore, including genocide, crimes of war and against humanity.

Under UJ, nations may investigate and prosecute foreign nationals when their country of residence or origin won’t, can’t, or hasn’t for any reason. Israel used it to convict and execute Adolph Eichmann. 

A US court sentenced Chuckie Taylor, son of the former Liberian president, to 97 years in prison for torture.

Britain used a Spanish court provisional warrant to apprehend former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, holding him under house arrest for 18 months.

Instead of prosecuting him for high crimes too grave to ignore, he was released and sent home, based on bogus ill health claims.

Under Article 7 of the Charter of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg:

“The official position of defendants, whether as Head of State or responsible officials in Government departments, shall not be considered as freeing them from responsibility or mitigating punishment.”

No one deserves immunity for high crimes demanding accountability. It’s time that standard applied to America, other NATO countries, Israel, and their imperial partners for high crimes too egregious to ignore.

Established by the Rome Statute in July 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is empowered to prosecute individuals for genocide and aggression, as well as crimes of war and against humanity.

The UN was created “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our life time has brought untold sorrow to mankind.”

Its leadership did nothing to deter endless wars of aggression, human rights abuses, or other high crimes committed by powerful member states, notably Western ones, Israel, and their imperial partners, doing what they please, operating with impunity.

Nor has the ICC, functioning as an imperial tool, targeting officials of nations Washington and NATO want prosecuted, victims of US-led aggression.

 

The court, world body, and special international tribunals never sought to hold officials of Western nations, Israel, and their allies accountable for naked aggression and related high crimes too egregious to ignore.

Myanmar officials are easy targets. So were former Yugoslav officials Slobodan Milosevic and Ratko Mladic, Iraq’s deputy PM and foreign minister Tariq Aziz, Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam, the DRC’s Jean-Pierre Bemba, Uganda’s Joseph Kony, and Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir, among others.

The highest of high crimes committed by Western and allied officials go unpunished. 

Their adversaries and enemies are held accountable for crimes of war, against humanity, and genocide committed against their countries by foreign powers.

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Israel Denies Hamas Relatives Permission to Leave Gaza for Medical Treatment

Israel Denies Hamas Relatives Permission to Leave Gaza for Medical Treatment

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Washington, NATO and Israel need enemies to justify their indefensible actions. None exist so they’re invented. 

For US-dominated NATO, it’s all about wanting sovereign independent nations transformed into vassal states. 

Last week, Israeli Supreme Court Justice Uzi Vogelman said the decision to ban patients from leaving Gaza is “based on assessments” that they pose a security risk.

Since illegal blockade was imposed, an unpunished high crime against humanity, nearly 800 Palestinian patients were denied the right to leave Gaza for urgent treatment unavailable internally.

Hundreds of children, women, the elderly, and others died needlessly for lack of available care they could get outside the Strip if permitted to leave.

According to Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI), a petition by the organization, along with the Gisha, Adalah and Al Mezan human rights groups was heard by Israel’s High Court of Justice (HCJ).

According to PHRI, the “petition argued that the state’s decision not to allow entrance into Israel of female cancer patients (and other patients denied entry on grounds of family ties to a Hamas member) in order to access medical treatment ran counter to ethical values and to the humanitarian obligations of the State of Israel under International Humanitarian Law, and constituted an arbitrary, unreasonable and (dis)proportional decision when viewed under Israeli Law as well.”

The HCJ ruled in favor of petitioners, calling Israel’s actions illegal, disproportional, and contrary to fundamental international humanitarian law principles.

No justification exists for denying Hamas family members essential medical treatment outside Gaza when unavailable internally.

The HCJ also said Gazan patients can’t be used as pawns to pressure or punish Hamas for any reason.

“Our victory at court is first and foremost a victory for those women…men (and children) whose lives depend on Israel issuing entry permits for life-saving treatment, against a backdrop of poverty, closure and a protracted humanitarian crisis.”

Despite PHRI’s optimism over the HCJ ruling, Israel notoriously does what it pleases regardless of judicial decisions against its policies.

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Anti-Trump Witness Buying

Anti-Trump Witness Buying

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Sinister pro-Hillary, anti-Trump long knives aim to delegitimize and oust DJT from office for the wrong reasons.

It’s more evidence of Washington’s corrupt state, too debauched to fix, rigged to serve powerful interests, a swamp too deep to drain, a cesspool of unaccountable criminality.

They include endless wars of aggression, smashing nations to control them, threatening others, supporting Israel’s killing machine, selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and other despotic regimes to rape and destroy Yemen, as well as other countries, along with supporting the scourge of ISIS and other terrorists while pretending to oppose them.

No US presidents were ever removed from office for illicit sex and lying about it. Unrelated to affairs of state, it’s hard imagining it could ever happen.

GoFundMe calls itself “the best place (for individuals or groups) to fundraise.” It’s a US-based platform to raise money for any purpose.

His attorney Lanny Davis, a longtime Clinton loyalist, used GoMeFund to raise money for Cohen’s defense.

The platform raised around $2 million for anti-Trump former FBI officials Andrew McCabe and Peter Strozok, as well as Stormy Daniels. Roger Stone raised funds to help DJT.

According to Law Professor Jonathan Turley, the campaigns for Cohen and others “amount to a raw form of buying witnesses. For many, GoFundMe has become a bazaar where one can put money down on the testimony most likely to hurt or help Trump.” 

“People poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the accounts of McCabe and Strzok within the first 48 hours.”

Fundraising to pay legal or other expenses is legal. It crosses the line when done for unethical or illegal purposes.

The American Bar Association’s Model Rule 1.2(d) “precludes lawyers from counseling or assisting in a client’s criminal or fraudulent conduct.”

Witness buying is a dubious practice. Rules limit compensation viewed as “contingent upon the witness’ testimony.”

Yet witness buying often occurs, at times both sides seeking testimonies strong enough to make a stronger case than the other side.

Under oath, Cohen said he made payments to the above mentioned women “in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office (meaning DJT),” adding:

“I participated in this conduct, which on my part took place in Manhattan, for the principal purpose of influencing the (2016 presidential) election.”

Efforts by political candidates to get damning information about opponents, then using it for mudslinging are common campaign practices. 

There’s nothing illegal about opponent research, then using what’s found to the advantage of one candidate over another.

Davis said “I regret my error” for previously saying Cohen has information about Trump team/Russia collusion.

After months of congressional and special counsel Mueller probes since early last year, no evidence suggests it.

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