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Stephen Lendman ~ Elizabeth Warren: Hold The Cheers

“Warren is like virtually all other Democrats and Republicans. Her Senate campaign web site called it “a moral duty imperative to support and defend Israel.” “(A)s a United States Senator, I will work to ensure Israel’s security and success,” she added. Washington’s special relationship alone matters. Both countries threaten world peace. Together they menace humanity.” – S Lendman

steveLendmanPopulism isn’t a Beltway attribute. Or good faith. Or supporting government of, by and for everyone equitably and fairly.

Monied interests run America. Republicans and Democrats serve at their discretion. They constitute duopoly power.

They’re two sides of the same coin. On major issues mattering most, not a dime’s worth of difference separates them.

In September 2010, Obama appointed then Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren as interim Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) head until a permanent director was named.

Appointing her let the agency begin operating without going through a potentially contentious Senate confirmation battle.

She became an assistant to the president and advisor to then Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

In July 2011, former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray replaced her. It didn’t matter. BCFP is largely toothless. Continue reading

Jonathan Turley ~ USTelecom Moves To Block Cities From Offering High-Speed Internet Services To Consumers

 “. . . we rank 31st in the world thanks to our friends in the Telecom industry and their friends in Congress. The question is whether the public will finally wise up and demand that this stranglehold by USTelecom be taken from their virtual throats.” J Turley

jonathanTurleyWe have previously discussed how the United States lags behind many countries in the speed and availability of high-speed Internet. As noted earlier, this is due primarily to the powerful lobby in Washington and members who do their bidding in Congress to allow certain companies to control and profit off of such access. The U.S. cable industry and its lobbyists however have been careful to stay out of the public eye to protect their income and the members that they use in Congress. Now, however, the industry has made a rare play in the open. The industry is moving to block plans in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina to offer high-speed internet services to their citizens. Lawyers and lobbyists for USTelecom, which represents cable giants Comcast, Time Warner and others, have mobilized to stop this trend where municipalities have responded to the demand of their citizens for such access. In the world of Washington lobbying, the slowest in this field has continued to win the race. While slow in service, our telecom companies are fast in making friends in Congress. Continue reading

Ben Fulford (September 2 2014) ~ China Asked To Stop Financing US Based Nazionist Organized Crime Syndicate

“All of this unsuccessful Fed activity and cabal war-mongering is a clear sign they are losing the battle for the planet earth. The internet has evolved to the point that their false flag incidents are uncovered almost immediately. It took decades for false flag events like the Tonkin Gulf “incident” to be uncovered. It took a few years for most of the world to figure out that 911 was a false flag. Now, however, false flag stories like the Malaysian airline shoot down are exposed within hours or minutes.” B Fulford

Last week the White Dragon Society asked the communist government of China to stop financing the Nazionist crime syndicate that has illegally taken over the Republic of the United States of America. The request was sent via a senior Japan-based Chinese agent. It was explained that rolling over the rogue US corporate governments’ debts after its September 30th fiscal year end would finance a regime that plans to invade and partition China. It would also keep propping up a group of gangsters that is financing terror and mass murder around the world. The Chinese were also prolonging the suffering of the American people by keeping them addicted to snowballing foreign debt, he was told. The WDS agent said that if the Chinese government failed to act on this advice it would show they actually worked for the Nazionists. If that turns out to be the case, then China’s 500 million “wandering people” (流民) would have to be mobilized to force the Chinese government to act, the agent replied. A detailed method for doing this was outlined.

Meanwhile, NATO has set up a 12-mile long steel fence to guard 150 VIPS representing 67 countries (NATO only has 28 countries in it) for a big military love fest in Wales, England this week. As the event gears up, US rogue regime “politicians” and military lobbyists are using their manufactured Ukrainian crisis as an excuse to call for European countries to increase their “defense” (i.e. war) budgets. In other words, they are acting exactly according to the Bush Sr. script (as revealed by MI5) calling for a fake new cold war as an excuse to militarize Europe, the US, Russia and Japan in preparation for war against China. Continue reading

Former British Ambassador To Uzbekistan Says UK Rogue State, Danger To World

“Voters in Scotland will go to the polls on 18th September and will be asked one question, “Should Scotland become an independent country?””

Craig John Murray, former ambassador to Uzbekistan and former Rector of the University of Dundee, a British blogger, political activist.

Craig John Murray, former ambassador to Uzbekistan and former Rector of the University of Dundee, a British blogger, political activist.

ST ANDREWS, (SCOTLAND), August 28 (RIA Novosti) Mark Hirst – The United Kingdom as a rogue state and a danger to the world, a former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray said.

“The British Government is deeply, deeply immoral. They don’t care how many people they kill abroad if it advances them. Anybody who votes No [to Scottish independence] is voting to support a pathological state which is a danger in the world, a rogue state and a state prepared to go to war to make a few people wealthy,” Murray said in a speech made ahead of an historic vote on Scottish independence to be held in just three weeks.

He told an open public meeting in St Andrews that the actions he witnesses as a senior diplomat had changed his “world view” and said it was now “impossible to be proud of the United Kingdom.”

“I think it is impossible to be proud of the United Kingdom. I think when we invaded Iraq we did to the United Nations what Hitler and Mussolini did to the League of Nations,” Murray added. “I think what we have done since where the truth is often much hidden, if you look at Libya it is a disaster now we bombed it and we killed 15,000 people when NATO bombed Sirte, something they never told you on the BBC. Did we make it better? No,” a diplomat stated.

“I’ve seen things from the inside and the UK’s foreign interventions are almost always about resources. It is every bit as corrupt as others have indicated. It is not an academic construct, the system stinks,” a former British Ambassador said.

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Stephen Lendman ~ Fact-Checking Obama

“Claiming a Russian threat doesn’t wash. None whatever exists. Moscow prioritizes peaceful co-existence. America is obsessed with empire building. Advancing it matters most. Confronting Russia is irresponsible. Doing it belligerently is madness. Don’t expect Obama to explain.” – S Lendman

steveLendmanObama long ago lost credibility. Nothing he says can be believed. He lies, deceives and misinforms.

His political career reflects it. He can’t be trusted.

On August 28, he held a short press conference. He did so ahead of America’s Labor Day weekend.

He began with a statement before taking questions. It’s painful listening to his dissembling.

His comments exclude telling Americans what they most need to know. Willful deception substitutes.

His agenda excludes good faith. His public posturing reflects it.

His war against American workers went unexplained ahead of the day commemorating their struggles.

His support for corporate America facilitates permanent job losses, lower wages, fewer benefits, gutted work rules, less health and safety protection, and forfeited security through lost benefits and pensions.

Obama: “As commander-in-chief, I will always to what is necessary to protect the American people and defend against evolving threats to our homeland.”

Fact Check: He’s beholden solely to monied interests. His policies harm most people at home and abroad. America’s only threats are ones it invents.

Obama: “Because of our strikes, the terrorists of ISIL (the Islamic State – IS) are losing arms and equipment. In some areas, Iraqi government and Kurdish forces have begun to push them back.”

IS “poses an immediate threat to the people of Iraq and to people throughout the region.”

“And that”s why our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader, comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners who are taking the fight to ISIL.”

“And that starts with Iraq’s leaders building on the progress that they’ve made so far and forming an inclusive government that will unite their country and strengthen their security forces to confront ISIL.

Fact check: America created IS. It serves both as enemy and ally.

CIA operatives and US special forces train and direct their fighters.

Washington’s enemy in Iraq is its ally in Syria.

Bombing IL has nothing to do with humanitarian intervention, protecting Americans, supporting our partners, and uniting Iraq under inclusive governance. Continue reading

Paul Craig Roberts ~ The Israel Lobby Eliminates Another Critic

“Only Israel can murder around 300 children in the span of a few weeks and insist that it is the victim.” Salaita

PaulCraigRobertsThe United States, wallowing in arrogance and hubris, pretends to be “the world’s sole superpower,” the “exceptional and indispensable nation” chosen by history to exercise hegemony over the world. In truth, the US is the two-bit punk puppet of the Israel Lobby. If the Zionist government orders Washington to eat dog excrement, Washington eats it.

Not even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Military could get the facts acknowledged that Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, which made casualties of most of the crew, was not a “mistake,” but the intentional act of destruction of a US Navy vessel and its crew.

Not even state universities in the hinterlands of America are independent of the Israel Lobby, which can determine tenure and hiring decisions independently of the decisions of faculty and deans.

Thanks to the cowardice and integrity deficit of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor Phyllis Wise, Professor Steven Salaita is the latest victim of the Israel Lobby. Salaita was a tenured professor at Virginia Tech. He resigned his position to accept a job offered to him by the University of Illinois only to find that the chancellor, with no basis whatsoever in law for her decision, told him that she, and she alone, “revoked” his job offer.

Why did Phyllis Wise allow her university to make a job offer to Steven Salatia that caused him to resign his tenured position at a distinguished academic institution where I once taught in order to accept the Illinois offer and then pull the rug out from under Salatia?

One possible explanation is that Phyllis Wise is a totally irresponsible person devoid of all integrity who is too stupid to comprehend the expensive violation of contract lawsuit that Wise has brought to Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. How does a person so devoid of humanity, integrity, and common sense get appointed to be chancellor of an academic institution? Yes, I know, we can ask the same question about the president of the US and the chairmen of the “banks too big to fail,” and the CEOs of American companies who offshore and outsource American jobs to the detriment of the US economy.

Another possible explanation is that Wise was paid money by the Israel Lobby.

Another possible explanation is that the Israel Lobby had its Jewish graduates from Illinois at Urbana-Champaign threaten Wise with the loss of donations.

Only investigation can ascertain which of these explanations, or some other, could be the truth. For now all we have is a gratuitous personal attack on Salatia by Wise. Continue reading

Ray McGovern ~ Forgetting Cheney’s Legacy Of Lies

“One can only hope that President Obama, in current circumstances, will keep listening to military advisers who know something about war — and why it should never be casually commenced.” R McGovern

As the world marks the centennial of World War I, the guns of August are again being oiled by comfortable politicians and the fawning corporate media, both bereft of any sense of history. And that includes much more recent history, namely the deceitful campaign that ended up bringing destruction to Iraq and widened conflict throughout the Middle East. That campaign went into high gear 12 years ago with a preview in late August before the full-scale rollout in September.

Vice President Dick Cheney speaking before the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Aug. 26, 2002. [Source: White House]

Vice President Dick Cheney speaking before the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Aug. 26, 2002. [Source: White House]

On Aug. 26, 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney – who remains something of a folk hero on Fox News – formally launched the lies leading to the U.S.-UK attack on Iraq seven months later. And on Aug. 30, 2013, another late-summer pitch was made for war on Syria, which came within 20 hours of a major U.S. aerial assault after Secretary of State John Kerry claimed falsely – no fewer than 35 times – to “know” that the Syrian government was responsible for using sarin nerve gas in an attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21, 2013.

Unlike 12 years ago, however, when the Pentagon was run by Field Marshal Donald Rumsfeld and the military martinets who called themselves generals but danced to his tune, war with Syria was averted last year when Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey talked sense into President Barack Obama who was on the verge of bending to the Cheney-esque hawks still perched atop the U.S. State Department.

Now, in late August 2014, as if to mark Cheney’s day of deceit a dozen Augusts ago, the Washington Post editorialized: “Stepping back into the fray: Stopping the Islamic State will require ‘boots on the ground.’” As is its custom, the Post offered no enlightenment on what motivates jihadists to do unspeakably evil things – in other words, “why they hate us” – or why Gulf allies of the U.S. fund them with such largesse.

Sadly, the thinking of Establishment Washington is no more refined today that it was on Jan. 8, 2010, when the late Helen Thomas asked then-White House counter-terrorism czar and now CIA Director John Brennan why the “underwear bomber,” who on Dec. 25, 2009, tried to down a U.S. passenger plane, did what he did. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Answering Helen Thomas on Why”.]

Hardwired to Hate

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Eric Zuesse ~ Could Obama’s Legacy Be Destroyed By His Ukraine Policy? What To Do About It

“The only thing that can significantly reduce the mounting cynicism in this country is for a House Democrat to introduce a bill of impeachment against perhaps the worst President in American history. It would be to say: “He’s not really a Democrat, at heart; he’s just a very effective liar.” ” – E Zuesse

The Ukrainian Government that the Obama Administration installed after Obama’s successful coup d’etat in Ukraine is now crashing and burning in the process of the newly installed Government’s ethnic-cleansing program to get rid of the people in Ukraine’s southeast, the area of Ukraine that had voted overwhelmingly for the President whom the Obama Administration (the State Department and the CIA) had overthrown in February. The residents there rejected this new Government; this new Government is trying to exterminate them; and the local rebel-fighters against that are winning, and are decimating thousands of troops who were sent in to kill them and their families, and are shooting down many of the bombers that have been sent in to bomb them.

The Ukrainian Government prior to the coup had been economically sustained by borrowing both from Russia to the east, and also from the EU and U.S. to the west (with a substantial portion of the U.S. portion of that debt consisting of IMF loans — the U.S. Government is the major donor to the IMF). These loans were, ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union, largely being pocketed by the well-connected former communist nomenklatura or insiders who had been given formerly state-owned industries during the Harvard-designed privatization program throughout the former U.S.S.R.

These new oligarchs (such as the current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who received the Leninska Kuznya shipyard and some state-owned chocolate factories, as well as a few other companies in retailing and news-media) got the benefits of those loans and socked away much of their consequent accumulating wealth in offshore tax-havens, so that the mounting sovereign debt of Ukraine is already crushing the Ukrainian population by severe cutbacks in Government expenditures for social services, road maintenance, and other government services, while those oligarchs have palatial residences in Western Europe. Continue reading