Monday, October 24, 2016

Disastrous 1996 Telecommunications Act

Disastrous 1996 Telecommunications Act

by Stephen Lendman

The 1996 Telecommunications Act, during the Bill and Hillary Clinton co-presidency, deregulated all communication industries - paving the way for greater consolidation, less competition, less concern about diversity and choice, and higher profits at the expense of consumer-friendly policies.

At the time, Vice President Al Gore deceitfully called the measure an “early Christmas present for the consumers.” Its fallout was polar opposite.

Media scholar/critic Robert McChesney called the law “a farce,” in part “written by the lobbyists for the communication firms it affects.” All that mattered then and now is maximizing profits, serving private, not public interests.

One longtime lobbyist said he’d never seen anything like the Telecommunications Act before, calling “(t)he silence of public debate (at the time) deafening. A bill with such astonishing impact on all of us (was) not even being (publicly) discussed” - except as a business story unrelated to the public interest.

McChesney said it reflected “capitalist democracy at its best.” Nearly everything touted about it was false. Consumers got higher, not lower prices. Industries supporting the legislation claimed it would create 1.5 million new jobs. By 2003, half a million were lost.

Numerous studies documented how media conglomerates invest less in providing news and information, the quality of what’s offered deplorable by any standard.

AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner will be disastrous to consumers if approved. Media scholar Victor Pickard said it’ll “create a media behemoth with dangerous concentrations of political and economic power.”

With one corporation controlling so much production and distribution of news and entertainment media, this vertical integration poses significant potential hazards for millions of consumers…It raises serious antitrust concerns.” 

It’s certain to worsen the media and telecommunications landscape, putting too much power in the hands of a corporate giant, greater consolidation in both industries they represent certain to follow.

Free Press policy director Matt Wood issued a statement, saying “(a)ny time you hear media executives talking about synergies, throwing around the business-babble that always accompanies these rumors, you know it’s time grab your wallet and hang on tight.” 

“Big mergers like this inevitably mean higher prices for real people, to pay down the money borrowed to finance these deals and their golden parachutes.” 

“The deals are driven by Wall Street’s insatiable desire for short term growth at any cost. And just as AT&T’s recent purchase of DirecTV was quickly followed by price hikes, there’s every reason to expect this potential tie-up would cost internet users and TV viewers dearly too.”

It’ll be a bonanza for Wall Street, if approved. According to Bloomberg, major banks “are writing some of their biggest checks ever to” finance the deal for enormous fees it represents, along with subsequent bond offerings likely to find eager buyers.

JPMorgan Chase pledged an astonishing $25 billion for the significant return it could yield. According to banking consultant Bert Ely, “(t)his could be an especially lucrative deal for the banking industry. They’re going to make a lot of money if the deal gets done.”

Trump opposes it, warning of “too much concentration of power.” Hillary is a notorious Wall Street tool, partnered with husband Bill on the 1996 Telecommunications Act, likely to support what demands opposition.

Over the weekend, her campaign declined to comment on her position. Major Wall Street banks didn’t pay her millions of dollars in speaking fees to oppose it - or challenge certain greater media and telecommunications consolidation to follow.

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No Ministerial Meeting Ahead on Syria, Says Russia

No Ministerial Meetings Ahead on Syria, Says Russia

by Stephen Lendman

On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov ruled out further ministerial meetings with America and other nations on Syria until they comply with earlier agreements reached - notably in Geneva last month, saying:

“Frankly, right now I do not see any preconditions for the ministerial meeting. Of course, the ministers are deciding, the situation may change quickly enough. Of course, everything depends on the evolution of the situation on the ground. But, as of today, at issue is the fulfillment of existing arrangements.”

Moscow and Damascus alone observe them scrupulously. Without full compliance from all parties involved in the conflict, diplomatic resolution remains unattainable.

“Nothing of what has been required in the past three days took place, so now the issue of renewing the humanitarian pause is irrelevant,” Ryabkov added.

“The humanitarian pause ended on Saturday. It is clear that in order to return to it, our opponents need to ensure the adequate behavior of anti-government troops that, in particular, disrupted the medical evacuation intended during the preceding humanitarian pause.”

Has Russia finally come around to realize the futility of negotiating with Washington diplomatically? Years of good faith efforts failed every time. Nothing suggests a change of US policy.

Lunatics in charge don’t negotiate. They demand, wanting control over all other nations, their resources and populations, tolerating no sovereign independent ones - using force to topple their governments when other methods fail.

Over the past generation, each US administration exceeded the worst of its predecessors, beginning with the first two Clinton co-presidential terms.

Disaster may follow their return to power, likely escalating greater war on Syria, perhaps challenging Iran belligerently, along with seeking regime change in Russia and China - a hellish agenda if undertaken, risking cataclysmic nuclear war.

Russia would be well advised to liberate key parts of Syria before both Clintons assume power - launching a much more muscular effort than so far, starting off their neocon administration on the back foot, making it harder for them to counter what’s been accomplished.

Stop-and-go tactics play to America’s advantage. So does engaging in diplomacy, knowing it’s futile to resolve things.

I’ve said before the only language lunatics infesting Washington understand is force. It’s long past time Russia gave them a bellyful in Syria, giving them pause to decide if they’ll risk war on the US homeland by going too far against a formidable adversary.

It’s hard being optimistic about what lies ahead with neocons infesting Hillary’s administration making policy. 

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NYT Ridicules Rejecting Election Rigging

NYT Ridicules Rejecting Election Rigging

by Stephen Lendman

A weekend article said America’s presidential election was stolen for Hillary before polls open on November 8.

US electoral rigging is longstanding at the federal, state and local levels - revealing sham democracy, the nation no different from despotic Gulf States and numerous others worldwide run by tyrants, not legitimately elected officials.

No one should support regimes assuming power by rigged elections. A process giving voters no say demands overwhelming rejection.

Not according to The Times, disgracefully promoting Hillary’s candidacy, relentless attacking Trump, quoting “scholars” for her like its editorial board, correspondents, columnists and contributors.

Harvard Professor of Government Steven Levitsky called rejecting November’s election “shock(ing),” saying “(t)his is the stuff that we see in Russia and Venezuela…(not) in stable democracies anywhere.”

Fact: Since Putin’s first  presidential victory, independent monitors called Russian elections open, free and fair.

Jimmy Carter calls Venezuela’s electoral system the world’s best - polar opposite America’s money-controlled sham process.

The Times: “In weak democracies around the world, scholars warned Friday, political leaders have used the same language to erode popular faith in democracy - often intending to incite violence that will serve their political aims, and sometimes to undo democracy entirely.”

“…Mr. Trump’s language, the scholars say, follows a similar playbook and could pose real, if less extreme, risks.”

Fact: If he and others don’t reject a rigged system run by power brokers for their own self-interest and their cronies, who will?

Fact: As long as “democracy” in America is spectacle, not legitimate, it’s no different from Stalinist Russia - the former despot once saying “(t)he people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

Monied interests usurped power in America from inception. After its 1787 Constitutional Convention, elder statesman Benjamin Franklin was asked if we had a republic or monarchy. “A republic, if you can keep it,” he replied, knowing how easily and often freedoms are lost.

Given America’s deplorable state, he’d likely say I warned you, if alive today. Tyranny threatens to become full-blown with Hillary’s ascension to power next year.

Perhaps constitutional suspension and martial law are coming following a major false flag she may have in mind once in office - a repeat of what Bush/Cheney did in 2001, this time attacking adversaries with nuclear weapons.

Mass rejection of November’s rigged election may be the only way to stop what may doom us otherwise.

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The Struggle to Preserve Syrian Sovereign Independence

The Struggle to Preserve Syrian Sovereign Independence

by Stephen Lendman

Much depends on defeating the scourge of US imperialism throughout the Middle East. Preserving Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity are key - why Russia is involved, along with wanting to prevent the spread of ISIS and other terrorist groups to its heartland.

If Syria goes, Iran is next, followed by targeting Russia and China for regime change, possible nuclear war to achieve America’s imperial aims - madness if undertaken.

Earlier in October, Hezbollah leader Sayyad Hassan Nasrallah warned of plots by America, Saudi Arabia and other regional rogue states to destroy Syrian sovereignty and partition its territory to serve Israeli interests - wanting a regional rival eliminated and Iran isolated.

“The goal (is) for Syria to fall and be fragmented and ripped apart,” he said - Daesh, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups “used to serve and achieve US and Israeli goals.”

“All those who are defending Syria defend the resistance and look forward to a political solution and not to more bloodshed,” he stressed.

America and its regional allies “are demanding crippling conditions to neutralize the political solutions.” He expects escalated fighting ahead, contributing to greater instability.

On Sunday, he again stressed the importance of defeating the foreign supported terrorist scourge in Syria. Hezbollah got involved after assessing the enormous regional threat.

Longstanding US/Israeli plans call for redrawing the Middle East map, including balkanizing Syria and Iraq, along with installing puppet regimes serving Anglo/Zionist interests.

Strategy involves endless wars of aggression, mass slaughter and destruction considered a small price to pay for unchallenged dominance, including control over vast regional hydrocarbon resources.

Much of the region risks becoming embroiled in endless bloody conflicts - why defeating this ugly scheme in Syria is essential.

Russia is committed, likely as long as Putin remains in charge. Over the weekend, he ended the farcical Aleppo ceasefire/humanitarian pause begun early last week.

As expected, it failed like earlier efforts because Washington undermined it. Terrorists it supports in eastern Aleppo blocked humanitarian aid from getting in, along with residents held hostage as human shields from getting out.

The battle for Aleppo resumed - government and Hezbollah forces advancing on terrorist-held positions, aided by targeted Syrian and Russian airstrikes.

According to Al Masdar News (AMN), “(t)he Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside Hezbollah and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary), continued their large-scale advance in southern Aleppo on Sunday night, targeting the key hilltop of Bazou and the nearby districts of Al-'Amariyah and Sheikh Sa’eed.”

“Led by the 800th Regiment of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies established full control over Tal Bazou after a long battle with the jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) near the recently captured Air Defense Base.”

“Following the capture of Tal Bazou, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah shifted their attention to the Sheikh Sa'eed and Al-‘Amariyah districts in Aleppo’s southern corridor; this resulted in a swift advance after the pro-government forces launched their surprise assault there.”

“Intense clashes are ongoing at the moment, as the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies look to expand on their southern Aleppo buffer-zone before the jihadist rebels launch their large-scale offensive.”

What’s happening in Syria and Iraq reflect the ugly face of US imperial viciousness. Regular updates will follow in further reports.

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Neocons Infesting Washington Urge Escalated Aggression in Syria

Neocons Infesting Washington Urge Escalated Aggression in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

The neocon Washington Post features their extremist views, urging greater war on a sovereign independent nation threatening no one.

Former State Department official/current Wilson Center vice president Aaron David Miller challenged Hillary, saying “(s)he’s on the hook to deliver” as America’s next president. If she…back(s) down…what explanation can she use?”

The Center for American Progress, founded by her campaign chairman John Podesta, called for greater use of US air power in Syria - on the phony pretext of protecting civilians.

Throughout her campaign, Hillary supported escalated conflict in Syria, not resolving it diplomatically. Expect her to follow through once in office as Obama’s successor, a near-certainty as things now stand.

WaPo editors gave retired US Marine General John Allen and Middle East Institute senior fellow Charles Lister feature op-ed space.

Both extremists urge “bring(ing) Syria’s Assad and his backers to account now” - their arguments based on a litany of deception, misinformation and Big Lies, commentaries WaPo features repeatedly, suppressing opposing viewpoints urging peace and stability.

Allen and Lister: “For 5½ years, the Syrian government has tortured, shot, bombed and gassed its own people with impunity, with the resulting human cost clear for all to see: nearly 500,000 dead and 11 million displaced. Since Russia’s military intervention began one year ago, conditions have worsened…”

Fact: Syria is Obama’s war, orchestrated by Hillary Clinton, entirely responsible for horrific carnage and atrocities - using ISIS and other terrorist foot soldiers, supported by US-led “coalition” air power.

Fact: Russia’s intervention in September 2015 changed the dynamic on the ground - a vital campaign to preserve Syrian sovereign independence and territorial integrity, what neocons like Allen and Lister want destroyed, so America can claim another imperial trophy and keep the Middle East pot boiling, Iran the next target.

Allen and Lister: “While subjecting his people to unspeakable medieval-style brutality, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has sabotaged diplomatic initiatives aimed at bringing a lasting calm to his country.” 

“The most recent such diplomatic scheme was trashed not just by Assad, but also Russia, whose aircraft were accused of subjecting a UN-mandated aid convoy to a ferocious two-hour attack in September.”

Fact: Syrians overwhelmingly support Assad, reelecting him democratically in June 2014, wanting no one else leading them.

Fact: He’s an eminently decent man, concerned about his nation and welfare of his people, doing his job responsibly, defending them from US-imported death squads.  

Fact: He’s no “medieval-style brut(e),” a disgraceful Big Lie claiming it - he and millions of Syrians victimized by US imperial viciousness, its genocidal mass slaughter and destruction, what neocons like Allen and Lister support.

Fact: Clear evidence shows US-supported terrorists were responsible for attacking and destroying most of a UN humanitarian convoy for beleaguered eastern Aleppo residents.

Allen and Lister disgracefully blamed Russia and Syria for war crimes committed by America, its rogue partners and terrorist foot soldiers in Aleppo and elsewhere nationwide.

They called for more assertive US action, claiming “(t)he world will not forgive us for our inaction” - while hyping the myth of (nonexistent) moderate rebels waging (nonexistent) civil war against a sitting government both writers want toppled illegally, US-controlled puppet rule replacing it.

Allen and Lister: “The credibility of the United States as the leader and defender of the free world must be salvaged from the horrific devastation of Syria.”

Fact: Syria was at peace with its neighbors until America and its rogue allies attacked it preemptively without just cause - raping and destroying the country, massacring its people, displacing half its population internally or externally.

Allen and Lister urge escalating conflict, not resolving it responsibly - nor holding war criminals in America and its allied countries accountable for high crimes too horrendous to ignore.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Why Obama and Hillary Wanted Libya's Gaddafi Toppled and Killed

Why Obama and Hillary Wanted Libya's Gaddafi Toppled and Killed

by Stephen Lendman

October 20 marked the fifth anniversary of Muammar Gaddafi’s sodomized-related death - US imperial viciousness responsible for his murder and destruction Africa’s most developed, socially responsible nation.

Endless violence and chaos replaced a society safe and fit to live in. Gaddafi provided Libyans with important benefits  Americans can’t imagine. More on this below.

Hillary orchestrated war to eliminate him, wanting US-controlled puppet governance replacing Libyan sovereign independence. 

In early 2011, made-in-the-USA protests preceded US-led NATO terror-bombing, indiscriminately massacring civilians, creating charnel house conditions. 

Endless violence continues daily, exacerbated by ISIS fighters infesting parts of the country, Washington supporting them with funding, weapons and other material aid.

Obama and Hillary wanted Gaddafi eliminated for instituting policies all nations should embrace. Previous articles discussed them.

He supported pan-Africanism, a United States of Africa free from imperial domination. He wanted Libyans sharing in the country’s oil wealth, a notion foreign to America and other Western powers.

Under his 1999 Decision No. 111, all Libyans got free healthcare, education, electricity, water, training, rehabilitation, housing assistance, disability and old-age benefits, interest-free state loans, as well as generous subsidies to study abroad, buy a new car, help couples when they marry, practically free gasoline, and more.

Literacy under Gaddafi rose from 20 - 80%. Libya's hospitals and private clinics were some of the region's best. Now they're in shambles. 

Vital public services he provided no longer exist. Pre-war, Libyans had African’s highest standard of living. Homelessness was nonexistent.

Gaddafi believed all Libyans had a right to a home or rent-free apartment, notions unheard of in the West.

He rejected farcical Western-style money-controlled democracy (sic), deplored crony capitalism and neoliberal harshness.

During his tenure, women had the right to vote, participate politically, as well as own and sell property independently of their husbands.

Clause 5 of Libya’s 1969 Constitution granted them equal status with men, notably for education and employment.

In January 2011, weeks before US-led NATO naked aggression began, the UN Human Rights Council praised Gaddafi for instituting and supporting important political, economic, education, social and cultural rights.

He called his Great Man-Made River (GMMR) development of an ocean-sized aquifer beneath Libya’s sands the “Eighth Wonder of the World” - wanting all Libyans sharing in its benefits.

Washington and rogue Western partners wanted it privatized for exclusive corporate gain.

Under Gaddafi, the Central Bank of Libya was state-owned, the interest-free Libyan dinar used for productive economic growth, not speculation, profits and bonuses for predatory bankers.

He funded Africa’s only communications satellite, saving hundreds of millions of dollars for low-cost incoming and outgoing calls.

He provided two-thirds of the $42 billion needed to launch a public African Central Bank, Monetary Fund and Investment Bank.

He supported a new gold standard, replacing dollars with gold dinars, aiming to provide real monetary wealth and value, free from predatory Western lending agencies.

Washington wants dollar hegemony, maintaining it as the world’s reserve currency, an agenda challenged by Russia, China and other nations, increasingly trading bilaterally in their own currencies.

In 1977, Gaddafi transformed the Libyan Republic into the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - a “state of the masses.”

In 1979, he established direct participatory democracy, devolving power to tribal leaders. In 1986, Libya became the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

Gaddafi was no dictator. He was a visionary, a revolutionary leader, wanting Libyan society based on equity, justice and fair distribution of national wealth.

In many respects, he resembled Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez - in 2013 poisoned or infected with lethal cancer causing substances to eliminate him, Obama’s dirty hands involved. 

Four cancer surgeries in 18 months couldn’t save him. Current Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro risks being targeted the same way. Washington wants puppet governance replacing Bolivarian fairness.

Gaddafi and Chavez enjoyed strong popular support. Both were marked men. Washington wanted them eliminated, their progressive anti-Western policies replaced by predatory capitalist rapaciousness.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin is threatened. Neocons infesting Washington want regime change. His redoubtable leadership prevents it.

Will nuclear war on Russia follow Hillary’s ascension to power next year? Will the unthinkable become reality?

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Sanders' Deplorable Fall From Grace

Sanders’ Deplorable Fall from Grace

by Stephen Lendman

Supporting Hillary means he’s pro-war, pro-Wall Street, pro-corporate predation, anti-labor, anti-equity and justice, anti-fundamental freedoms - while pretending otherwise.

On the stump for Hillary, he transformed himself into a pathetic laughing stock, supporting what he campaigned against - showing it was willful deception, Big Lies, the way all con men operate. 

Obama long ago proved he’s Exhibit A, pledging one thing, doing another on all issues mattering most - Hillary cut out of the same cloth.

Her pathological lying alone should disqualify her for any public office - her high crimes demanding accountability, not forthcoming.

Sanders’ phony revolution is self-serving, getting Hillary elected president, along with supporting other Democrat party candidates - representing dirty business as usual, not beneficial social change he deplores.

He’s right calling this year’s presidential election “the most consequential” in “modern” US history, citing the wrong reasons. He pretends the DNC platform is progressive, saying it reflects policies “we believe in…And I am going to do everything I can to make that happen.”

What rubbish! It rejects universal healthcare, a $15 minimum wage indexed to inflation, ending Israel’s occupation of Palestine, a carbon tax, and fails to oppose fracking, and the anti-consumer, stealth corporate coup d’etat Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

It says nothing about renouncing Washington’s imperial project, nothing about its endless wars of aggression, nothing about prioritizing world peace and stability.

There’s nothing about rescinding police state laws, nothing about serving the general welfare or governance of, by and for everyone equitably.

Weasel words about “advancing our party’s progressive ideals…addressing the needs of all Americans,” supporting public education, “looking out for working people,” taxing the super-rich, “expanding Social Security,” curbing prescription drug costs, promoting clean energy, ending mass incarceration, and “Wall Street reform” rang resoundingly hollow - promises to be broken like every time before.

By endorsing Hillary, Sanders betrayed his loyal supporters, showed he’s just another self-serving dirty politician like most everyone in Washington.

Even Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta, disparagingly called him a “doofus” - “a stupid or foolish person,” according to Merriam-Webster.

He’s far worse, politically dishonest, supporting an ethically, morally and legally challenged, emotionally unstable war criminal, racketeer, perjurer - claiming she’ll “make an outstanding president,” proudly “stand(ing) with her…”

He sold his soul to monied interests, reduced himself to a caricature to his phony stump persona, destroying whatever credibility supporters thought he had.

He sounded buffoon-like claiming he’ll work toward making sure government in Washington “moves forward with an agenda that helps transform the country.”

What nonsense! Things are far too debauched to fix. They’ve gotten steadily worse since the first two Clinton co-presidential terms - risking disaster by giving them a third one.

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Farcical Ceasefire in Aleppo Ends, Combating Terrorism Resumes

Farcical Ceasefire in Aleppo Ends, Combating Terrorism Resumes

by Stephen Lendman

Like previous good faith Russian diplomatic conflict resolution efforts, its unilaterally declared humanitarian pause in combating terrorists infesting eastern Aleppo failed because Washington undermined it - wanting endless war to topple Assad and destroy sovereign Syrian independence.

On October 22, the Russian language broadsheet Izvestia quoted parliamentary security and defense committee deputy chairman Frans Clint Savich, saying “(f)resh rounds of anti-terrorism operations will start as soon as the humanitarian ceasefire ends” Saturday evening.

Syrian parliamentarian Jamal Rabe’eh said combating terrorists in Aleppo will resume, explaining Damascus and Moscow forthrightly tried ending bloodshed by diplomatic means. Washington and its rogue allies sabotaged their good faith efforts.

A Syrian military source said fresh government forces were sent to Aleppo, more troops coming this week. 

According to Fars News, “Syrian government forces, (bolstered by) fresh soldiers, are engaged in an intense battle with (US-supported al-Nusra) terrorist(s) in (eastern Aleppo’s) Housing Project 1070.”

Al-Nusra “(u)nits…have now pulled…back from their positions under the heavy fire of the Syrian army.”

“The present conditions show that Housing Project 1070 will be completely captured soon. There have remained only a few building blocks under (al-Nusra) control.”

“Now the terrorists are under siege, trapped in the circle of government soldiers. They have no way out.” They’ll either surrender or die.

Overnight Saturday, Reuters said Syrian and/or Russian airstrikes on eastern Aleppo resumed after Moscow’s unilateral ceasefire ended. 

According to local sources, Russian warplanes resumed bombing, striking al-Nusra’s southern Aleppo countryside supply lines. Syria’s aerial campaign focused on northern Aleppo terrorist targets.

Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said allowing Syria to be partitioned could have catastrophic regional consequences.

Its “territory should be liberated,” he stressed. “And everything should be done to hinder the breakup of that country into any parts…”

Russia’s mission is aiding Syria’s “legitimate authorities in fighting terrorism, in fighting ISIS and other terrorist organizations.”

“We have two options: either Assad (or al-Nusra) in Damascus.” If it “falls and terrorists are there, then no political settlement” is possible - why defeating them is essential.

On Friday, during a special UN Human Rights Council session, Russia’s UN envoy in Geneva, Alexey Borodavkin, minced no words saying:

“While hysteria is being whipped up around Aleppo, the US-led coalition has been systematically destroying infrastructure in government-controlled areas, delivering crushing strikes to civilians and the Syrian Army, and now seems to intend (to shift) ISIS terrorists from the Iraqi city of Mosul into Syria.”

“(C)ertain countries continue placing stakes on terrorists and extremists, rendering them political and propaganda assistance, supplying them with arms and ammunition” - leaving no doubt he means America, its NATO allies and rogue regional states.

Syria’s liberating struggle continues - Washington systematically preventing diplomatic conflict resolution.

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US Election Stolen for Hillary Before Polls Open

US Presidential Election Stolen for Hillary Before Polls Open

by Stephen Lendman

November 8 isn’t election day. It’s orchestrated grand theft theater to anoint Hillary Obama’s successor. Americans are deluded to believe their vote matters.

This year’s outcome was decided well in advance, likely last year before aspirants announced their candidacy for the nation’s highest office.

Power brokers running America bear full responsibility for concocting a sham system, fantasy democracy, not the real thing.

Disgracefully one-sided pro-Hillary media scoundrels and corporate pollsters share blame for creating the impression of her unbeatability.

Press agent journalism proliferates. Biased corporate polls are easily manipulated to show what sponsors want. On Sunday, The New York Times virtually declared Hillary November’s winner and next president, saying she “has a 93% chance to win.”

The dirty game aims to discourage Trump supporters, convince them he has no chance to win, hoping many will stay home, while encouraging rank and file for Hillary to show up en masse.

Any number of dirty tricks can be used to assure she’s anointed president-elect. Stolen elections are a longstanding US tradition from the early days of the republic. 

Now it’s done by methods explained above, electronic ease, voter roll stripping and other dirty tricks.

Paul Craig Roberts explains turnout for Trump stump speeches overwhelming exceeds what Hillary attracts.

So how come most polls show her leading, he asks? “We are being told lies in order to cover up the coming election theft,” he justifiably explains.

Want more evidence? Here it is. Citing an October 18 - 19, Rasmussen poll, RT International reported 65% of voters surveyed saying Hillary acted extrajudicially by storing classified State Department emails on her private server.

A 53% majority believe she should be indicted. When asked if Hillary’s email scandal was important in influencing their vote, 70% replied affirmatively - 49% calling it very important.

If Hillary wins as expected, around 70% of Republican voters believe it’s by election-rigging, according to a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll RT cited.

If most voters want her indicted, polls showing her leading Trump lack credibility.

She’s the establishment candidate, Wall Street’s choice, Trump an outlier, relentlessly denigrated, things rigged to assure he loses.

Democracy in America serves its privileged few alone - indifferent to the needs, rights and welfare of most others, especially the nation’s poor and vulnerable.

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AT&T Buying Time Warner: If Approved, Assures Greater Scoundrel Media Consolidation Than Already

AT&T Buying Time Warner: If Approved, Assures Greater Scoundrel Media Consolidation Than Already

by Stephen Lendman

Six corporate giants control most media and related content Americans consume. 

Comcast, News Corp., Disney, Viacom, CBS and Time Warner dominate US broadcast and cable television news, entertainment and sports, movie and TV production, theme parks, record labels, publishing, and for-profit online operations.

On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal reported telecommunications giant AT&T and Time Warner agreeing to merge.

Approval, if granted, would likely assure greater consolidation in both industries - benefitting corporate predators at the expense of the vast majority of consumers, giving them less choice than already, ensuring higher prices for poorer service.

Hillary is a Wall Street, war profiteers, corporate predators tool, virtually certain to support this outrageous deal - likely to get FCC and Justice Department approval on her watch.

Campaigning in Pennsylvania, Trump called the proposed deal another example of too few sources disseminating information to Americans, warning of “too much concentration of power,” manipulating people, telling them how to think.

As president, if elected, he vowed to oppose it. He’s against jobs-killing TPP, NAFTA and similar deals. “Our jobs are fleeing the country,” he said. “They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to many other countries.”

Hillary calls TPP the “gold standard in trade agreements,” sure to approve what Trump opposes.

He calls friendly relations with Russia a good thing, praising Putin as “a leader…far more than our president has been,” saying “(i)f we have a (normal) relationship with Russia, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could work together on it and knock the hell out of ISIS.”

Hillary’s rage for endless wars to eliminate all sovereign independent governments risks nuclear confrontation with Russia, China and Iran on her watch.

Trump is no peacenik, no paragon of virtue, yet he’s on the right side of vital issues discussed above. 

Hillary should terrify everyone - on the wrong side of virtually everything mattering most, the most ruthlessly dangerous choice for president in US history.

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