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Playing the North Korea Card

April 7, 2013



by Stephen Lendman

My PhotoFor decades, North Korea’s wanted normalized relations with Washington. It’s been repeatedly rebuffed. Promises made were broken. America needs enemies.

North Korea’s straight from central casting. Media scoundrels take full advantage. On April 2, Washington Post editors headlined “Answer North Korea with financial sanctions,” saying:
Kim Jong Un “managed to concoct a fresh provocative announcement aimed at Washington.” He declared both Koreas “were back to a ‘state of war.’ ”

“Could this untested, 30-year-old dictator be preparing to start a war with the United States or South Korea? The worrying reality is that it is virtually impossible for outsiders to know for sure.”
Most likely he’s “rally(ing) support behind the regime and to pressure the United States and its allies into opening negotiations.”

“As previous US administrations have learned the hard way, answering provocations with diplomacy will not lead to concessions by North Korea – only to another round of provocations.”

Hit ‘em again harder, urge Post editors. Pile new sanctions on current ones. Escalate tensions higher. Play the blame game. Denounce Pyongyang for Washington’s bellicosity and provocations. Point fingers the wrong way.

Wall Street Journal editors headlined “Calling Kim’s Bluff,” saying:

He’s “manufacturing a crisis to secure high-level talks with the US, as his father and grandfather did.”

“The wonder is that the North’s bluster-for-cash strategy still gets taken seriously.”

“The Obama Administration has so far avoided the Bush-Clinton negotiations trap, and we hope that continues. While an accident or miscalculation could restart the Korean War, there are also reasons to think the North’s acting up is all a bluff.”

Washington “efforts pressure Kim into better behavior will come to nothing if it caves now and grants formal talks. (It’s) no time to go wobbly.”

Journal editors omitted demands for more sanctions. Otherwise, they marched in lockstep with Post ones. Blame North Korea for Washington’s imperial aims.

Hold it responsible for acting in response to justifiable fears. Increase America’s regional presence. Prioritize gunboat diplomacy. Intensify saber rattling. Escalate tensions. Avoid dialogue. Show Pyongyang Washington won’t be bullied. It’s standard media scoundrel policy.

North Korea poses no threat. It wants normalized relations. America needs enemies. Pyongyang’s used for that purpose.

“It’s North Korea, Again,” headlined The New York Times.

“Recent weeks of saber-rattling and military escalation have affirmed a harsh truth: North Korea – which is much closer to putting a nuclear warhead on a missile than Iran and has threatened to strike the United States and its allies – is the more urgent challenge. The major powers still haven’t figured out how to solve it.”

“The Obama administration was prudent to bolster its forces in the region.”

“….Washington has an obligation (to) defend the homeland (and) reassure South Korea and Japan that America’s defense commitments remain firm.”

As usual, Times editors twisted truth. North Korea threatens no one. It wants peace, not war. It wants its sovereign rights respected. It wants US provocations to stop.

It opposes Obama’s Asia pivot. It does so for good reason. America’s greater military presence threatens its security. It compromises regional peace.

Gunboat diplomacy escalates tensions. It’s done for that purpose. It causes instability. It creates problems. It doesn’t solve them.

North Korea’s justifiably concerned. America’s military presence is menacing. Its exercises are provocative. Key Resolve began in February. It’s now completed. Eagle Fold runs through April 30.
Overall, around 13,000 US forces and 200,000 South Korean ones are involved. So are nuclear capable B-2 stealth bombers, F-22 stealth fighters, and B-52s. San Diego-based USS Decatur was heading home. It was re-missioned. It’s on alert in western Pacific waters.

Pentagon spokesman George Little said a second guided missile destroyer, the USS John McCain, was deployed. It arrived at a “pre-determined location.” It’s positioned off the Korean peninsula.
Both ships are prepared “to perform a missile defense operations as assigned by our combatant commander. (They’re) poised to respond to any missile threats to our allies or our territory.”

Missile defense systems will be installed in Guam. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said it’s to defend it from a “real and clear danger” from North Korea. Others were installed in Alaska and America’s west coast.

Pyongyang raised concerns. It said “North-South relations will be entering a state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly.”

“The long-standing situation of the Korean Peninsula being neither at peace nor at war is finally over.”

If Washington and/or Seoul attack, conflict “will not be limited to a local war. (It will) develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war.”

It bears repeating. North Korea wants peace, not war. Conflict assures losers, not winners. Heated rhetoric hopes to get America’s attention.

It bears full responsibility for rising tensions. According to Russian former chief of staff General Yuri Baluyevsky, Washington and NATO may preemptively attack Russia and China.

Nuclear weapons may be used. NATO’s missile shield intends to protect against retaliatory strikes.
“They expect that their opponents will respond with up to 100 missiles, not with 1,500 or 2,000. They are dreaming of being able to intercept the whole bulk of a hundred missiles and make themselves invulnerable after their first strike,” he added.

Little wonder North Korea expresses concerns. Normalized relations could have been restored decades ago. Instead, Pyongyang’s used as Washington’s regional punching bag.

At issue is justifying Obama’s Asia pivot. It involves advancing America’s military footprint. It targets China and Russia.

North Korea’s a convenient pretext. If it didn’t exist, it’d be invented. Claiming it threatens South Korea and Japan doesn’t wash. Washington’s the sole regional menace. It’s greater presence bodes ill.

Last June, then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said around 60% of US naval forces will be based in the Pacific by 2020.

Strengthening America’s presence is part of its new imperial strategy. Challenging China is prioritized. At issue is isolating Beijing regionally and undermining its influence. It’s a recipe for heightened tensions and potential confrontation.

Comparable Chinese or Russian presence in US waters would be pretext for war. So would their bases in neighboring regional countries.

America believes global territories and waters are its own. It works because other nations don’t object. Japan and South Korea go along. They accept what they should reject.

Last May, Obama met with then Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Washington. Strengthening strategic ties and boosting military activities were discussed.

A joint statement pledged to “further enhance our bilateral security and defense cooperation.” A commitment was affirmed to “US strategic rebalancing to the Asia Pacific.”
Plans are to establish “a more geographically distributed and operationally resilient force posture in the region.”

Washington has been “rebalancing” in East Asia for years. Strategy calls for strengthening military, economic, and political ties with Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam.

China and Russia are targeted. Doing so risks potential confrontation. Beating up on North Korea increases the possibility. Conflict isn’t likely now. Ahead, anything is possible.

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Playing the Venezuelan Anti-Semitism Card

April 3, 2013

My PhotoThroughout his tenure, Washington officials vilified Chavez unjustifiably. So did media scoundrels.
He was America top hemispheric enemy. Donald Rumsfeld once likened him to Hitler. Pat Robertson called for his assassination. Anti-semitism accusations surfaced often.
His December 2005 Christmas Eve address was held against him. He said nothing offensive. His comments were maliciously taken the wrong way. He said:
“The world is for all of us, then, but it so happens that a minority, the descendants of the same ones that crucified Christ, the descendants of the same ones that kicked Bolivar out of here and also crucified him in their own way over there in Santa Marta, in Colombia.”
“A minority has taken possession of all the wealth of the world. A minority has taken ownership of all of the gold of the planet, of the silver, of the minerals, the waters, the good lands, oil, of the wealth, and have concentrated the wealth in a few hands.”
“Less than 10 percent of the population of the world owns more than half of the wealth of the world, more than the population of the planet is poor, and each day there are more poor people in the whole world.”
Days later, the Simon Wisenthal Center played the anti-Semitism card. It demanded an apology. Media scoundrels piled on.
Weekly Standard contributor Aaron Mannes said “Hugo Chavez veers into anti-Semitism while explaining how to create a workers’ paradise.”
The Wall Street Journal‘s Mary O’Grady called Chavez’s address an “ugly anti-Semitic swipe.” It followed “an insidious assault over the past several years on the country’s Jewish community.”
She spuriously claimed “heavily armed Chavez commandos raided a Caracas Jewish school, terrifying children and parents.”
It was “part of (his) political strategy of fomenting class hatred – an agenda that finds a vulnerable target in the country’s Jewish minority.” Saying so turned truth on its head.
The Confederation of Jewish Associations of Venezuela (CAIV) responded to baseless Simon Wiesenthal accusations. Former president Fred Pressner said:
“You have acted on your own, without consulting us, on issues that you don’t know or understand.”
“We believe the president was not talking about Jews, and that the Jewish world must learn to work together.”
Separately he said no anti-Semitic violence was committed against Venezuela’s Jewish community. Claims otherwise are canards. Chavista anti-imperialism is misportrayed as government-sponsored anti-Semitism.
Anti-Defamation League demagoguery is longstanding. It’s notorious. It played the Venezuelan anti-Semitism card numerous times. It’s on the rise, it claimed. Chavez scapegoats Jews for political advantage.
It alleged “classical anti-Semitism” ahead of 2006 Venezuelan presidential elections.” It repeated false charges after the 2010 Mavi Marmara massacre. It did so many other times.
Ahead of October 2012 elections, it claimed Chavez tried to portray opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski “as being tainted by his Jewish lineage.” He did no such thing.
Capriles is a self-professed Catholic. He’s the son of Jewish holocaust survivors. Chavez mocked no one’s religion. He justifiably condemned Israeli crimes. He did so many times.
He maintained cordial relations with Caracas Jewish community leaders. In 2008, Latin American Jewish Congress president Jack Terpins said:
“The Jewish community is more at ease now with President Hugo Chavez, who demonstrated that he is a great friend of the Jewish community and who wants to fight anti-Semitism in Latin America.”
At the same time, Argentina’s US ambassador Hector Timerman said Chavez works “with (Brazil’s Lula and Argentina’s Kirchner) to achieve total eradication of anti-Semitism in Latin America.”
“This is a gesture that speaks about the leadership and opinions of President Chavez regarding the need to end all types of discrimination in our region.”
Venezuela’s constitution prohibits discrimination. Indigenous rights are guaranteed. So are human rights, peaceful cooperation, participatory democracy, and social justice.
In September 2010, Chavez met with Jewish community representatives. He dispelled alleged hostility, saying:
Opposition forces “tried to wage a little campaign that I’m anti-Jew, an enemy of the Jews.”
“The reality is we respect and care about the Jewish community.”
Then Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said Jewish community relations were in “optimum shape,” adding:
“We respect the customs of all our communities and the religious customs of all the groups who, in Venezuela, have freedom of equality.”
Venezuelan Jews are largely in Caracas. Some live in Maracaibo. They number around 16,000.
In late January 2009, vandals desecrated a Caracas Sephardic synagogue. They threw sacred scrolls on the floor. They wrote “Death to the Jews” and other anti-Semitic epithets on walls.
They stole artifacts and computer equipment. Media scoundrels linked what happened to strained Venezuelan/Israeli relations post-Cast Lead.
Commentaries suggested official anti-Semitic policy. Chavez was wrongfully criticized. He condemned what happened. He did so publicly.
A Caracas police investigation determined that synagogue fencing was cut from the inside. The attack was robbery. It was disguised as anti-Semitic vandalism.
Private synagogue security team members were arrested. Eleven were charged. They confessed. Desecration and graffiti were meant to deceive.
Anti-Semitism charges surface often. In his book, “Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History,” Norman Finkelstein said:

“Whenever Israel comes under international pressure to resolve its conflicts with the Palestinians diplomatically or faces a public relations debacle, its apologists mount a campaign alleging that the world is awash in a new anti-Semitism.”
On March 5, Chavez died. Maligning him continues. On March 6, JTA (The Global News Service of the Jewish People) headlined, “Long the bane of Venezuelan Jews, Chavez is gone. Now What?”
“For more than a decade, Venezuelan Jews (held) their breath,” it claimed. He “used his bully pulpit to intimidate, rail against Israel and embrace Iran.”
“While (he) never explicitly threatened the Jews of Venezuela, his frequent harassment and staunchly anti-Israel positions kept them continually on edge.”
How JTA didn’t explain. It unjustifiably conflated legitimate Israeli criticism with anti-Jewishness. Doing so turns truth on its head.
Ben Cohen did the same thing. He’s a New York-based writer. He comments on Jewish and international affairs.
On March 6, his Haaretz article headlined “Will Venezuelan anti-Semitism die with Hugo Chavez,” saying:
“Under Chavez, Venezuela became a source of incendiary anti-Israel rhetoric that spilled over into open hostility towards the dwindling Venezuelan Jewish community, and his successors seem likely to continue to stoke anti-Semitism as a useful political tool.”
Will “Jew-baiting” persist or subside, he asked? “(T)here is little reason for optimism on this front,” he claimed.
Anti-Chavismo US Zionist organizations say so. They wrongfully maligned Chavez throughout his tenure.
According to Cohen, “anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism (were) critical element(s) of the Chavez regime’s bid to become the ideological center of the world’s radical states.”
“Chavistas….may decide that lowering the volume on anti-Jewish rhetoric is, for the time being, a compromise too far.”
Haaretz knows better. Yet it published what demands condemnation. A follow-up report was no better.
On March 29, it headlined “Leaked Documents: Venezuelan intelligence spying on local Jewish community.”
“Venezuelan agents follow, photograph and keep track of the movements of various leaders and rabbis of the local Jewish community, as well as collect information on them, their activaties and their meetings.”
They’re “working on the assumption that the country’s Jews are the bridgehead for attempts by the United States, Israel, to destabilize the country.”
Alleged leaked documents were published. Unnamed Buenos Aires “experts” claim they’re credible.
“(M)any fear an outbreak of violent anti-Semitic acts directed by the government to use Jews as scapegoats.”
It bears repeating. Former Confederation of Jewish Associations of Venezuela (CAIV) president Fred Pressner says no anti-Semitic violence was committed against Venezuela’s Jewish community. It wasn’t earlier. There’s none now.
Venezuela has justifiable national security concerns. Washington destabilization efforts continue. They persisted throughout Chavez’s tenure.
They’re allied with hostile internal right-wing elements. Evidence suggests Mossad’s involved. CIA operatives infest Venezuela. America’s Caracas embassy is a hotbed of anti-Chavista subversion.
Failure to take protective measures would be irresponsible. Credible evidence warrants police searches. National intelligence operatives try to prevent trouble before it erupts.
Groups aren’t targeted for being Jewish. Anti-Semitic accusations don’t wash. Repeating them is irresponsible. Why Haaretz did so, it must explain.
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Unbreakable US – Israeli Ties

March 25, 2013
Global Research, March 22, 2013
 

Longstanding US/Israeli ties remain firm. Obama’s visit reinforces them. It does more.
It assures continued support. It endorses hardline extremism. It affirms occupation harshness. It lets Israel do what it pleases.

America’s special relationship does more harm than good. It’s wrongheaded. Israel is more strategic liability than asset. So are other regional allies.

U.S. President Obama and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu shake hands at a joint news conference at the Prime Minister's residence in JerusalemFlynt and Hillary Leverett are former insiders. Their views matter. Their book titled “Going to Iran” discusses why Washington “must come to terms with the Islamic Republic.”

It shows no signs of doing so. It’s decades overdue. An entirely new approach is needed, they argue. America’s regional position is disastrous. It’s delusional.

After “failed wars-cum-occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan; a war on terror that has turned Muslim societies ever more firmly against U.S. policy; and de facto support for open-ended Israeli occupation of Arab populations, America’s (regional) position is in free fall.”
Attacking Iran is madness, they argue. Current strategy suggests it’s likely. Engaging Tehran is essential. Candidate Obama promised to do so. Saying his efforts failed doesn’t wash.

He never tried. It’s high time he did. He refuses to acknowledge Iran’s peaceful nuclear program. Harsh sanctions tell Iranians America’s a strategic enemy.

Iranian leaders want better relations with Washington. They’ve wanted it for decades. They want it based on “mutual respect, equality, and American acceptance of the Islamic Republic.”

Engaging Iran responsibly is Obama’s greatest foreign policy challenge. He’s fallen woefully short. His one-sided Israeli support is wrongheaded.

He’s heading America for greater trouble. He’s making world public opinion more anti-American. His agenda is strategically disastrous. He refuses to do the right thing. He shows no signs of changing.

Fyodor Lukyanov chairs Russia’s Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. He’s also editor of Russia in Global Affairs. His views matter. He believes Washington’s gripped by “strategic insanity.”

His Al-Monitor article explains. He discussed America’s Iraq war. He said Russia believes US foreign policy reflects madness. He wrote as follows:

“The conclusions drawn by Putin from the situation surrounding Iraq were concerned less with Russian-American relations, and more with general idea of how the world works in the twenty-first century.”

“The strong do what they want: they don’t contemplate international law, global reality or the costs incurred by themselves and others.”

“In the 10 years since the Iraq war, Putin’s worldview has only strengthened and expanded. Now he believes that the strong not only do what they want, but also fail to understand what they do.”
“From Russian leadership’s point of view, the Iraq War now looks like the beginning of the accelerated destruction of regional and global stability, undermining the last principles of sustainable world order.”

“Everything that’s happened since – including flirting with Islamists during the Arab Spring, US policies in Libya and its current policies in Syria – serve as evidence of strategic insanity that has taken over the last remaining superpower.”

He says Moscow’s view on Syria reflects realpolitik. It believes targeting governments it opposes assures dangerous destabilization. Doing so affects Russia. Resisting might makes right is essential.

On the tenth Iraq war anniversary, America shows no remorse, no lessons learned. Expect more wars to follow. Allying with Israel assures it.

War rages in Syria. It’s Washington’s war. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. Peace prospects are dead. Washington and Israel are in lockstep on Iran. Tactics and timing alone differ.

Palestinians are entirely shut out. Their rights don’t matter. During Obama’s visit, Israeli security forces violently arrested dozens of Palestinian children. Some were aged 10 or younger.

They’re held on baseless charges. They were on their way to school. Israel’s Youth Law requires parents or an adult be present during interrogations. Shin Bet pays it no heed. Children are isolated from parents. Obama’s visit continues.

Haaretz said he “must make clear to Israel” that continued occupation harms bilateral relations. It compromises America’s regional position.

Without US pressure, Israeli policies won’t change. They’re hardline. They’re longstanding. They’re lawless. They spurn peace.

On March 19, an Institute for Middle East Studies (IMEU) fact sheet explained.

In the 1990s, Likud opposition leader Netanyahu criticized Oslo. After becoming prime minister in 1996, he dragged out ongoing negotiations.

He delayed or refused to implement signed agreements. According to aides, Bill Clinton reacted angrily saying: “Who the f..k does he think he is? Who’s the f….ing superpower here?”

Netanyahu increased settlement construction. Yitzhak Shamir advised him to do so. Had he remained prime minister, he said, he’d “have conducted negotiations on autonomy for 10 years, and in the meantime we would have reached half a million” settlers.

In the past 20 years, Israel’s settler population doubled. It numbers 600,000. It increases daily. It’s on stolen Palestinian land.

In 2001, Netanyahu bragged about “put(ting) an end to the Oslo Accords.” Regarding US pressure, he said: “America is a thing you can move very easily.”

He told settlers that the best way to deal with Palestinians is to “beat them up, not once but repeatedly. Beat them up so it hurts so badly, until it’s unbearable.”

In 2005, he resigned from Sharon’s government. He protested his Gaza disengagement. He ignored Sharon’s explanation. He said withdrawal helps prevent Palestinian self-determination. It relieves world pressure to permit it.

Sharon advisor Dov Weisglass said disengaging provides the “formaldehyde necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians until (they) turn into Finns.”

As prime minister in 2009, Netanyahu’s Bar-Ilan University speech affirmed support for Palestinian self-determination. It did so with impossible conditions. They included:

  • demilitarization;

  • border, air space, and East Jerusalem under Israeli control;

  • Palestinians recognizing Israel as the “state of the Jewish people;” and

  • no right of return.

In May 2011, Netanyahu addressed a joint congressional session. He reiterated his views on Palestinian self-determination. He refused to accept pre-1967 borders.

He said Israel would retain and expand large settlements in and around East Jerusalem. Doing so cuts the West Bank in half.

He added that Israel will maintain “a longterm military (Jordan Valley) presence.” Doing so controls Palestine’s most fertile land. It also controls all entry and exit points.

During Netanyahu’s two terms as prime minister, he accelerated settlement construction. He continues doing so now. He wants “facts on the ground” established. Doing so prevents Palestinian self-determination.

In January 2013, Israel’s Peace Now said Netanyahu’s policies “disclose a clear intention to use settlements to systematically undermine and render impossible a realistic, viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Years ago it was possible. No longer. Israel controls over half the West Bank. It has much of East Jerusalem. It steals more Palestinian land daily.

Netanyahu and likeminded hardliners want all valued parts. They’re hellbent on getting it. Palestinian rights don’t matter. They never did.

On March 21, Press TV headlined “Obama gives fresh boost to Western media war against Iran.”
He repeated baseless accusations. He cited its nuclear program. He did so at a joint press conference with Netanyahu. He said “all options are on the table.”

Washington “will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining the world’s worst weapons.”
He endorsed a unilateral Israeli attack, saying:

“Each country has to make its own decisions when it comes to the awesome decision to engage in any kind of military action.”

“I would not expect (Israel’s) prime minister (to) make a decision and defer (it) to any another country any more than the United States would defer our decisions about what was important for our national security.”

Expect nothing positive from his visit. He’s reckless. He’s militantly hardline. He’s unbending. He defends the status quo, said Amira Hass.

If America’s first Black president can’t change things at home, “why should anyone expect him to do anything against the Jewish separation regime that has been created here between the river and the sea?”

Obama ignores reality at home and abroad. He’s silent as “Israel devours more Palestinian land, expels, destroys, arrests, obstructs, divides and appropriates.”

He blames Palestinians for Israeli crimes. They have no friend in Washington. World leaders pay them only lip service. They’re on their own to survive. Hopefully they’re up to the challenge.


About the Author: Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. He writes for MoneyNewsNow.com and VeteransToday.com.
He is also author of the celebrated books “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity” and “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War“.
Lendman also hosts his own blog at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
He is host of a progressive radio show with cutting-edge discussions and distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening. It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.
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Obama Killed Chavez

March 14, 2013
Chavez Accuses CIA of Backing Plot to Kill Him



By Stephen Lendman – Posted on 14 March 2013

 
Most likely he was either poisoned or infected with cancer causing substances. Four cancer surgeries in 18 months raise suspicions.
 
Chavez knew he was marked for death. He said so numerous times. Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez believes Washington and Israel conspired to kill him.
 
He called it similar to how Israel murdered Yasser Arafat. Radioactive polonium poisoning killed him. Forensic evidence proved it.
 
On March 12, acting President Nicolas Marudo said a state commission will investigate his death. “(I)mportant scientists from different countries” will be involved.
 
Maduro believes forensic evidence will show Chavez was “injected by imperialist forces.”
 
He “was poisoned by dark forces in order to hit at the Venezuelan people and Latin America,” he stressed.
 
More information on his cancer will be explained later. It “didn’t correspond with any of the normal behaviors of the illness.”
 
“He received (lots) of death threats. Maybe they didn’t manage to it through a direct attempt” on his life.
 
“Everything seems to indicate that they managed to affect his health using the most advanced techniques.”
 
For decades, America experimented with cancer causing substances. Expert technologies exist. Assassination by bullet, bomb, slit throat, or plane crash reflects policy. Why not incurable diseases?
 
William Blum’s done some of the best research on America’s successful and failed political assassinations. On March 12, he headlined “I Personally Believe That Hugo Chavez Was Murdered By The United States.”
 
He thinks CIA operatives may have been involved. Post-WW II, they targeted over 50 foreign leaders for removal. Some died. Others lived.
 
Fidel Castro survived hundreds of assassination attempts. He knows better than anyone how Washington operates.
 
Chavez replaced him as its number one enemy. He spoke truth to power. He did so more forthrightly and eloquently than anyone.
 
He touched important nerves. He denounced US imperialism. He did so at home and abroad. He said what everyone needs to know. Washington menaces humanity. He said it loud and clear.
 
It’s “well known,” said Blum, “that during the Cold War, the CIA worked diligently to develop substances that could kill without leaving a trace.”
 
“I would like to see the Venezuelan government pursue every avenue of investigation in having an autopsy performed.”
 
Expert forensic pathologists will be involved. Maduro has that in mind. Chavez’s death wasn’t accidental. It reflects foul play. Hopefully clear evidence will prove it.
 
America had opportunity and motive. It does so globally. CIA rogues know how to kill. They’ve had decades of experience.
 
Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen said the Agency “pioneered” cancer-causing agent experiments. Focus was on infecting victims multiple ways. They include “injection, inhalation, (and) skin contact through contaminated clothing, especially underwear.”
 
Chavez’s aggressive cancer raises red flags. Possibly he was targeted through “contaminated food, drink, and even toothpaste.”
 
Extensive documentation of CIA use of cancer-causing agents exists. They’re used against figures Washington wants eliminated. At issue for Venezuela, says Madsen, is determining how Chavez was infected and by whom.
 
Bush administration officials pursued a secret biowarfare agenda. It rescinded and subverted the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
 
It renounced the 1989 US Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act. It prohibits developing, producing, and stockpiling bacteriological/biological/toxic weapons. It worked covertly on developing illegal bioweapons.
At least since the 1940s, America pursued active biological weapons development. It’s been largely secret and unreported. Experiments have been conducted on human subjects.
 
Toxic chemical, biological and other substances are used. Germ warfare is official US policy. Bacteria’s been covertly released in US cities. Pneumonia and other diseases followed.
 
Bush spent billions on bioweapons development. Obama continues what he began. Multiple federal agencies are involved. CIA operates covertly. Its agenda includes “scientific assassinations.”
 
Chemical, biological and radiation experiments involve human subjects. Secrecy persists.
 
Francis Boyle’s “Biowarfare and Terrorism” discusses America’s lawless biological weapons development, production and buildup. It’s potential endangers humanity.
 
It’s part of America’s war on terror. It reflects an extremist agenda. It’s about unchallenged power. It includes biological, chemical, nuclear and other toxins. They kill selectively or en masse.
 
Obama prioritizes killing. He does it daily in multiple theaters. He targets independent leaders for removal. Smart money says he killed Chavez. Believe it! Hopefully forensic evidence will prove it.
 
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.
 
His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.”
 
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
 
Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.
 
It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.
 
 
 

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Serial Killer Heads CIA

March 12, 2013

 

March 10th, 2013
by Stephen Lendman

Chalmers Johnson called the CIA the president’s private army. Imperial Rome had its praetorian guard. It served and protected emperors.

CIA rogues work the same way. They do lots more than that. Extrajudicial killing is prioritized. Much that goes on is secret. Unaccountability keeps Congress and ordinary people uninformed.

Johnson said US presidents have “untrammeled control of the CIA.” It’s “probably (their) single most extraordinary power.”

It puts them beyond checks and balances. What’s constitutionally mandated doesn’t exist.
CIA originally had five missions. Four dealt with collection, coordination and dissemination of intelligence.

The fifth is vague. It lets agency operatives “perform such other functions and duties related to intelligence affecting the national security as the National Security Council may direct.”

This mandate turned “CIA into the personal, secret, unaccountable army of the president.” Doing so prioritizes lawless covert operations.

They include overthrowing democratically elected governments, assassinating heads of state and key officials, propping up friendly despots, snatching individuals for “extraordinary rendition,” treating them harshly in torture prisons, and using drones as instruments of state terror.

CIA is more active than ever, said Johnson. It’s mostly a global Mafia hit squad. It’s incompatible with democracy.

Its “bag of dirty tricks (reflects) a defining characteristic of the imperial presidency.”

Its “unchecked power” threatens freedom. Its existence “shorten(s) the life of the American republic.” It “menace(s) democratic rule.”

On March 8, rogue senators approved John Brennan. They did so 63 – 34. He’s new CIA chief. Voting followed Rand Paul’s filibuster. After 13 hours, he caved.

He omitted explaining what’s most important. He refused to condemn drone killing. He ignored Brennan’s previous and current role. He focused solely on killing Americans. He stressed doing it domestically.

He took issue with Attorney General Eric Holder. He wrote Paul. He said it’s OK to kill Americans domestically under “extraordinary” circumstances.

A brief follow-up letter assuaged Paul, saying:

“It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: ‘Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?’ “

“The answer to that question is no.”

He lied. So did Press Secretary Jay Carney. He said Obama “has not and would not use drone strikes against American citizens on American soil.”

Targeted assassinations reflect official US policy. They’re longstanding. They occur worldwide. No one’s safe anywhere. Heads of state are vulnerable. So are US citizens.

A bathroom break ended Paul’s filibuster. Serial killer Brennan now heads CIA. He’s Obama’s maestro of murder. His mandate is kill, kill, kill. Expect him to take full advantage. No one’s safe anywhere.

In January, the New York Daily News headlined “Pull back the curtain on drones,” saying:
“Brennan, more than any other single official, represents” Washington’s lethal drone policy.

“No politically appointed official in US history has played such a prominent role in killing so many people outside of a war zone as John Brennan.”

He was heavily involved in Bush/Cheney’s torture policy. A classified Senate Intelligence Committee report includes lawless interrogation practices.

Committee chairwoman Diane Feinstein (D. CA) called it “one of the most significant oversight efforts in the history of the United States Senate, and by far the most important oversight activity ever conducted by this committee.”

“The report uncovers startling details about the CIA detention and interrogation program and raises critical questions about intelligence operations and oversight.”

“I?.believe this report will settle the debate once and for all over whether our nation should ever employ coercive interrogation techniques such as those detailed in this report.”

She added that creating “longterm, clandestine ‘black sites’ and (using) ‘enhanced-interrogation techniques’ were terrible mistakes.”

Neither she nor other congressional members do anything to stop them. They continue aggressively under Obama. Feinstein knows but won’t say.

Straightaway in office, Obama planned to name Brennan CIA head. At the time, The New York Times called it “politically difficult” to do so.

He chose Leon Panetta and David Petraeus instead. Michael Morell twice served as acting head. On March 8, Brennan took office.

Most Democrats support him. So do some Republicans. Congressional profiles in courage are few and far between. They’re practically non-existent.

Obama said “the the Senate has recognized in John the qualities I value so much – his determination to keep America safe, his commitment to working with Congress, his ability to build relationships with foreign partners, and his fidelity to the values that define us as a nation.”

He added that CIA’s now headed by one of its own. Under Brennan, Murder, Inc. elevates to a higher level. He reflects ideological extremism. He’s comfortable committing state terror.

Appointing him sanitizes crimes of war and against humanity. They’re too grave to ignore. Committing them is official US policy.

Expect drone wars to continue. They’ll expand worldwide. So will targeted assassinations.
Rule of law principles don’t matter. Imperial priorities take precedence. Counterterrorism takes no prisoners.

State-sponsored terror’s in good hands with John Brennan. Obama authorized him to kill.

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Chavez: Visionary Leader Extraordinaire

March 11, 2013
 

by Stephen Lendman

He and Castro matter most. They don’t come any better. They transformed their countries responsibly. Doing so made the impossible possible. They did it against long odds. They won over hearts and minds.

 
Castro did it his way. Chavez chose a Venezuelan model. He envisioned socialism for the 21st century. He wanted it based on “solidarity, fraternity, love, justice, liberty and equality.”
 
He wanted it built bottom up. He deplored top down. Popular protagonism over bureaucracy was policy.
 
He abhorred neoliberal harshness. He called it incompatible with democracy. He wanted another way. His legacy reflects his accomplishments.
 
Eva Golinger knew Chavez. She called him a “grandiose visionary” “dream maker.”
 
Venezuelans loved him. So did millions worldwide. They did so for good reason. He cared. He made a difference. His achievements are remarkable. They can’t be ignored.
 
He was honest, said Golinger. His roots were humble. He grew up in a mud hut. He sold candies on streets. He did so to earn money for his family.
 
He “dreamed of building a strong, sovereign nation, independent of foreign influence….He dreamed of improving the lives of his people….”
 
He wanted poverty eradicated. He wanted a better life for Venezuelans. He called it el buenvivir (the good life).
 
He made dreams come true. He achieved remarkable changes. They’re more than just numbers. He transformed one of Latin America’s most unequal countries into its most equitable. At the same time, he achieved impressive economic growth.
 
He did so in 14 years. He spoke truth to power. He did it because it matters.
 
He cared about Venezuela’s most disadvantaged. He lifted them from poverty. He provided education, healthcare, affordable food, housing, and hope.
 
“He recognized the rights of the disabled, of indigenous peoples, all genders and sexualities. He broke down barriers of racism and classism and declared himself a socialist feminist.”
 
“He not only made his own dreams come true, but he inspired us all to achieve our fullest potential.”
 
“I am just a soldier,” he said. America wanted him dead. Bush failed several times to remove him. Obama likely killed him.
 
Toppling foreign leaders by coups or assassinations is longstanding US policy. William Blum’s done some of the best research. His books include “Rogue State.” They’re must reading.
 
He documented dozens of successful and failed post-WW II US interventions. They include: 
  • toppling Iran’s Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953; it was the CIA’s first successful coup after an initial failure;
  • ousting Guatemala’s Jacobo Arbenz in 1954;
  • failing to kill China’s Chou En-Lai in 1955; 
  • failing hundreds times to kill Fidel Castro; 
  • failing to kill France’s Charles de Gaulle;  
  • plotting Gaddafi’s assassination for decades;  
  • killing him in 2011; and
  • very likely killing Chavez.
 
Obama wanted him dead.
 
Extrajudicial killings are indefensible. They’re morally abhorrent. They’re illegal under international and US laws.
 
Article 23b of the 1907 Hague Regulations prohibits “assassination, proscription, or outlawry of an enemy, or putting a price upon an enemy’s head, as well as offering a reward for any enemy ‘dead or alive.’ “
 
In 1980, the Sixth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders condemned “the practice of killing and executing political opponents or suspected offenders carried out by armed forces, law enforcement or other governmental agencies or by paramilitary or political groups.”
 
On December 15, 1980, the General Assembly adopted resolution 35/172.
 
It urged “member states to abide by the provisions of Articles 6, 14 and 15 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights.”
 
They address right to life issues. They include safeguards guaranteeing fair and impartial judicial proceedings.
 
The first provision of the 1989 UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions states:
 
“Governments shall prohibit by law all extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions and shall ensure that any such executions are recognized as offenses under their criminal laws, and are punishable by appropriate penalties which take into account the seriousness of such offenses.”
 
“Exceptional circumstances, including a state of war or threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency may not be invoked as a justification of such executions.”
 
They “shall not be carried out under any circumstances including, but not limited to, situations of internal armed conflict, excessive or illegal use of force by a public official or other person acting in an official capacity or by a person acting at the instigation, or with the consent or acquiescence of such person, and situations in which deaths occur in custody.”
 
“This prohibition shall prevail over decrees issued by governmental authority.”
 
The International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute prohibits extrajudicial killings.
 
In 1976, Gerald Ford’s Executive Order (EO) 11905 said:
 
“No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination.”
 
In 1981, Ronald Reagan’s EO 12333 said:
 
“No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination.”
 
Post-9/11, Bush reinstituted them. Targeted assassinations again became official policy. US presidents lawlessly kill. They have diktat authority to do so. They take full advantage.
 
Assassinating foreign leaders and others is official US policy. Obama’s kill list reflects it. Anyone can be targeted for any reason or none at all. Independent head of state are especially vulnerable.
 
Obama takes full advantage. He murdered Gaddafi. He likely killed Chavez.
 
On March 6, RIA Novosti headlined “Chavez Death Could be US Plot – Russian Communist Leader,” saying:
 
Russia’s Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov believes Washington may have killed Chavez. Suspicious cancers affected half a dozen Latin American leaders.
 
“How did it happen that six leaders of Latin American countries which had criticized US policies and tried to create an influential alliance in order to be independent and sovereign states, fell ill simultaneously with the same disease,” asked Zyuganov?
 
“In my view, this was far from a coincidence.” He urged an internationally controlled investigation.
 
Interim Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is suspicious. He suspects an “imperialist” plot. “The old enemies of our fatherland looked for way to harm (Chavez’s) health,” he said.
 
Washington wanted Chavez dead. Kurt Nimmo addressed the issue. Previous attempts failed.
 
Blum asked: “How do we know that the CIA was behind the” failed April two-day coup?
 
“Same way we know that the sun will rise tomorrow morning.”
 
CIA assassins never rest. Chavez knew he was marked for death. He believed it. He said so numerous times.
 
Michel Chossudovsky asked if he was “the object of a targeted assassination by the Obama administration?”
 
“In this context, the CIA would receive orders to assassinate foreign leaders directly from the US President.”
 
“There are secret lists of names as confirmed by US government sources.”
 
“The orders carried out by the CIA to kill a foreign leader emanate from the US president.”
 
Civil rights groups want answers. An FOIA request was filed.
 
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, ANSWER Coalition, and Liberation Newspaper want records and documents that “relate to or reference or discuss any information regarding or plans to poison or otherwise assassinate” Chavez.
 
They seek “(a)ll records and documents, including but not limited to, emails, letters, cables or other communications, memoranda, notes, minutes, photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, digital recordings, intelligence assessments, communications, records or other data that relate to or reference or discuss any information regarding or plans to poison or otherwise assassinate the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, who has just died.”
 
“This request in made in light of the US government’s acknowledged history of knowledge and possession of information regarding, and/or participation in, attempts to assassinate foreign leaders.”
 
People have an “urgent and compelling” right to know. At best, heavily redacted documents will follow.
 
Regardless of what’s gotten, what known suggests direct US involvement. Bush and Obama want Chavez ousted. They wanted him dead.
 
He’s gone but not forgotten. His legacy lives. Friday state funeral ceremonies were held. Dozens of high-level international delegations attended.
 
Around 33 heads of state were present. In alphabetical order they include:
 
  • Antigua and Barbuda: Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer 
  • Aruba: Prime Minister Michiel Godfried Eman 
  • Belarus: President Alexander Lukashenko 
  • Bolivia: President Evo Morales 
  • Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff 
  • Chile: President Sebastian Pinera 
  • Colombia: Juan Manuel Santos 
  • Cuba: Raul Castro 
  • Curacao: Prime Minister Daniel Hodge 
  • Dominica: Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit 
  • Dominican Republic: President Danilo Medina 
  • Ecuador: President Rafael Correa 
  • El Salvador: President Mauricio Funes 
  • Guyana: President Donald Ramotar 
  • Haiti: President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe 
  • Honduras: President Porfirio Lobo 
  • Iran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 
  • Jamaica: Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller 
  • Mexico: President Enrique Pena Nieto 
  • Nicaragua: President Daniel Ortega 
  • Panama: President Ricardo Martinelli 
  • Peru: President Ollanta Humala 
  • St. Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister Denzil Douglas 
  • St. Lucia: Prime Minister Kenny Anthony 
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves 
  • Suriname: President Desi Bouterse 
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar 
  • Uruguay: President Jose Mujica 
  • Argentina President Christina Fernandez was one of the first high-profile mourners to arrive. On Thursday, she flew home to Buenos Aires.
 
Spurious reports suggested Chavez’s last words were “I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die.”
 
US media headlined it. So did Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman. Presidential guard General Jose Ornella was quoted.
 
Allegedly he said Chavez “couldn’t speak but he said it with his lips.”
 
Reuters reported otherwise. It said “Chavez slipped into a coma on Monday before dying the following day of respiratory failure.” An unnamed source said cancer spread to his lungs.
 
Venezuelans mourn. Chavez lay in state. Over two million filed past him. Many weep. Some salute. Others cross themselves. Their love and admiration are palpable.
 
Raul Castro said Chavez “left undefeated.” He was elected overwhelmingly four times.
 
“He was invincible. He left victorious, and no one can take that away. It is fixed in history.”
 
He represented a threat of a good example. He was the rarest of rare leaders. He was a people’s president. He broke the chains that bind.
 
Latin America no longer is America’s backyard. Venezuelans won’t ever go back. Believe it. Bolivariarism is institutionalized. It’s part of the national culture. It’s here to stay.
 
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Media Scoundrels Pillory Chavez Before He’s Buried

March 7, 2013
 

by Stephen Lendman

My PhotoHis passing made no difference. Media scoundrels don’t quit. They spent 14 years vilifying him. They did it unfairly. They haven’t stopped.

They’re called scoundrels for good reason. They violate fundamental journalistic ethics. They lie for power. They turn truth on its head.

They substitute managed news misinformation. They support wealth, power, privilege and dominance. They’re in bed with wrong over right.

They spurn rule of law principles and democratic values. They’re well paid to do so. They betray readers and viewers. They do so unconscionably. They don’t give a damn, and it shows.

Why anyone follows them they’ll have to explain. Tune them out. Ignore their publications. Choose reliable alternative sources.

Get informed. Stay that way. Why settle for manipulated rubbish. Real news, information and analysis is readily available. Use it daily. Know what matters most.

On March 5, Chavez passed. An era went with him. Venezuelans owe him much. They won’t forget.

He transformed an oligarch-run nation into a model participatory democracy. America’s sham one pales by comparison. Venezuelans get the real thing and much more.

They deplore what used to be. They won’t tolerate going back. Chavismo lives! Bolivarianism is policy. Venezuelans won’t let it die. It’s too important to preserve. Not according to media scoundrels.

On March 5, The New York Times claimed Venezuela today is “bitterly divided.” It’s “in the grip of a political crisis.” It grew “more acute” in recent weeks.

Times writer William Neuman lied. He’s paid to do so. Venezuelans overwhelmingly support Chavismo. His death changes nothing.

Dallas Morning News editor Sharon Grigs headlined “Chavez’s death: Now Venezuela can reclaim its lost democracy.” She wouldn’t recognize the real thing if it bit her on the rump.

The Washington Post did no better. It called Chavez “polarizing.” An “institutional crisis” exists.

Other media scoundrels piled on. They pillory what deserves praise. Chavez institutionalized what won’t change. Venezuelans won’t tolerate their ugly past. They’ll challenge dark forces to prevent it.

The Washington Times said “Chavistas’ mourn dictator.” White House/Capitol Hill reaction ranged from “cautious optimism” to “good riddance.”

Obama vilified Chavez often. He scorned him unconscionably. He lied repeatedly. He’s a serial liar.

He now says America “reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interests in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government.”

He doesn’t give a damn about ordinary Venezuelans. He never did and doesn’t now.

Washington tolerates no independent leaders. Chavez was marked for removal. CIA rogues likely killed him. Perhaps he was poisoned or exposed to cancer causing elements.

Israel used polonium to murder Arafat. Perhaps something similar caused Chavez’s death. It wouldn’t be the first time America assassinated a foreign leader. It won’t be the last. Its rap sheet includes many.

BBC said “Iconic Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez dies.” He leaves behind an “economic muddle.”

He achieved impressive economic growth and prosperity. Britain’s government pales by comparison. It’s lawless, corrupt, dysfunctional, and hugely unequal. BBC’s its propaganda mouthpiece. Don’t expect it to explain.

Media scoundrels attacked Chavez. They did so before he’s buried. His state funeral is Friday. Have they no shame? They don’t now and never did.

Murdoch’s the worst of a bad bunch. His world reflects demagoguery, propaganda, predatory capitalism, warmongering and sleaze.

Journalist Mike Royko’s (1932 – 1997) assessment bears repeating. “(N)o self-respecting fish would (want to) be wrapped in a Murdoch paper.”

“His goal (isn’t) journalism.” It’s bottom line priorities. It’s “vast power, political power.” He wields it unscrupulously. He’s a world class predator.

He uses deception, intimidation, and bullying. He does so to get his way. He hires likeminded scoundrels. Do it his way or work elsewhere.

No middle ground is permissible. No independent journalists get hired. Truth tellers need not apply. No honest brokers wanted. No telling it like it is.

On March 5, Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal headlined “Hugo Chavez: The lesson is to beware the rule of charismatic demagogues.”

In December 1998, Venezuelans elected him. A dark era ended. Chavez made things “worse,” said the Journal. It lied saying so.

“By 1998, the the Soviet Union was a memory, Latin American countries from Mexico to Chile were successfully adopting free-market policies, and Chavez’s friend and role model – Cuba’s Fidel Castro – was a discredited dinosaur.”

Castro’s a model leader. He transformed Cuba responsibly. He did so from police state harshness/casino/brothel corruption into an equitable socialist state.

He was Chavez’s mentor and friend. Chavez called him his father and role model. They bonded. They stayed close until until his death.

Not according to WSJThink. “Chavez showed that it’s possible to run against the tides of history, at least for a while, and at least if you happen to get lucky with an oil revenue bonanza.”

Chavez used Venezuela’s oil wealth “to purchase political support of Venezuela’s poor, the army and a loyal nouveau riche.”

“It also allowed him to become a classic petro-dictator.”

“In 1999 he revised the Venezuelan constitution to give him expanded powers.”

“He used a constitutional assembly under his control to appoint a chavista Supreme Court.”

“He stripped independent TV and radio stations of their licenses and intimidated reporters with draconian libel laws.”

Fact check


Murdoch lies need challenging. They’re over-the-top and unconscionable.

Chavez used Venezuela’s oil wealth responsibly. Everyone benefitted. Populism replaced neoliberal harshness.

Bolivarianism prioritizes vital needs. Living standards improved remarkably. Disadvantaged Venezuelans benefitted most.

Child mortality fell from 20 per 1,000 to 13. Unemployment dropped from 14.5% to 6.4%.

Income inequality is Latin America’s lowest. Poverty was cut in half. Extreme poverty fell over 70%. Economic growth in 2011 was 4.8%. In 2012, it was 5.6%. Forecasts estimate 6% in 2013.

Hundreds of thousands of new homes were built. Commerce grew 9.2%. Communications advanced 7.2%. Manufacturing increased 2.1%. Oil sector production increased.

Growth created jobs. Millions got free healthcare and education. They did so for the first time. Pension eligibility tripled.

Pre-Chavez years were disastrous.” From 1980 – 1998, per capita income fell. Chavez turned disaster into success. Venezuela’s future looks promising. Give Chavez the credit he deserves.

Corporate owners dominate Venezuela’s media. Censorship doesn’t exist. Short of advocating sedition or treason, they’re free to publish or air what they wish. They take full advantage. They vilify populist reform. They pilloried Chavez for institutionalizing it.

“Though elections were held on schedule, (Chavez) made sure to tilt the playing field….Public workers risked being fired if they voted against him. It was the sort of election only Jimmy Carter could bless.”

Fact check


Carter Center representatives monitor Venezuelan elections. Jimmy Carter calls its process “the best in the world.” He does for good reason. It’s open, free and fair.

It shames America’s sham process. Duopoly power runs things. Republicans and Democrats replicate each other. They’re two sides of the same coin.

They’re beholden to monied interests. They sold their souls for power.

People have no say. Voters get the best democracy money can buy. Neoliberal harshness, permanent wars, and police state repression follow.

Venezuelan democracy is genuine. Voters need no persuasion. Chavez instituted the real thing. Venezuelans want it no other way.

Expect what he began to continue. It’s hardwired to stay. It’s part of Venezuelan culture. It won’t fade and die.

The Journal claims life for Venezuela’s “bec(ame) worse.” It lied saying so. It’s never been better in generations.

“Chavez made his mark on the world stage by forging alliances with Bashar Assad in Syria and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, giving sanctuary to Colombia’s narco-terrorist FARC movement, providing the Castro regime with free oil, and inveighing loudly against the United States.”

“He succeeded in spawning political imitators in Ecuador and Bolivia.”

Chavez governed responsibly. He allied with other independent leaders. He prioritized right over wrong. Journal editors can’t tolerate his success. He represented the threat of a good example.

Venezuelans “have to fight to reclaim the democracy they once enjoyed….Let’s hope Venezuelans seize the chance to bury the tragic legacy of Chavismo alongside its author’s corpse.”

Chavismo lives. Bolivarianism delivered democracy. Venezuelans got what they never had. They mourn their great loss.

They want Chavez buried alongside Bolivar. He’s in Venezuela’s Panteon Nacional (Temple of all the Gods). It lies on Caracas’ northern edge.

Its central nave is dedicated to Bolivar. It’s adorned with his bronze sarcophagus and paintings reflecting his life. In 1883, an impressive crystal chandelier was installed. It was done on the centennial of his birth.

Expect Chavez be interned there. He belongs nowhere else. Both leaders stood tall. They supported what’s right. Venezuelans won’t ever forget.

America never had anyone like them. Its deplorable government reflects it. Today it’s worse than ever.

It’s corporatist, soulless, lawless, belligerent, and repressive. It’s a hair’s breath from tyranny. Don’t explain media scoundrels to explain.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

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Whitewashing Israeli Murder by Torture

March 7, 2013

by Stephen Lendman

img class=”alignright size-full wp-image-241762″ style=”border: 1px solid black; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;” title=”A Palestinian woman reacts as an Israeli soldier detains her son in Hebron” src=”http://www.veteranstoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/torture.jpg” alt=”” width=”342″ height=”256″ />Torture is official Israeli policy. It’s longstanding. Palestinian suffering explains best. Thousands every year are subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment. Their physical and emotional scars bear witness.

Accountability is long overdue. Arafat Jaradat is Israel’s latest victim. Israel tortured him to death. His body bore clear signs. Autopsy evidence proved it.

Severe upper body bruising, blisters, and blot clots were visible. Multiple broken bones in his neck, ribs, spine, arms and legs were discovered.

Israel initially attributed his death to cardiac arrest. On February 28, Haaretz headlined “Death of Palestinian in Israeli jail not due to abuse or poisoning, autopsy finds.”
Israel’s Health Ministry said so. It lied. Alleged findings turned truth on its head. Institute of Forensic Medicine officials said Jaradat’s cause of death remains undetermined.
Chief pathologist, Dr. Yehuda Hiss, conducted the autopsy. Israeli Health Ministry head, Arnon Afek, witnessed it.
PA chief pathologist, Dr. Saber Aloul was there at the time. His assessment was blunt. Jaradat’s body bore clear signs of torture, he said.
Shin Bet interrogators tortured him to death. They were caught red-handed. They denied culpability. Lies and coverup define Israeli policy. They follow all Israeli crimes.
Jaradat was in good health when arrested. Days later he was dead. Israel bears full responsibility.
More tests are being conducted. Final results are expected in about another two weeks. Health Ministry officials claimed bruises and broken bones were “characteristic of findings of a resuscitation.”
Israel Prison Service and Magen David Adom medical personnel spent “50 minutes in an effort to save” him.
Perhaps they beat him to death trying. Israel notoriously whitewashes truths. Officials are paid to lie. Death by torture killed Jaradat. He was murdered in cold blood.
“Who killed Arafat Jaradat,” asked Gideon Levy? Knowing is as simple as saying Shin Bet. His death became “a national symbol.” Hopefully he didn’t die in vain.
West Bank anger’s on the boil. More on that below. Prison conditions haven’t changed. Gulag harshness continues. Palestinians are incarcerated for wanting to live free.
Israel calls them terrorists. Rogue states operate that way. Israel’s by far the region’s worst.
Palestinians mourn Jaradat’s death. Flags on King Hussein High School’s roof fly at half mast. His brother Mohammed was with him the night he was arrested.
He viewed his body in the morgue. He remembers ugly bruises on his forehead and legs, swollen wrists, and blood stains in his nose. He was told his ribs were broken.
“Is it possible a person suspected of (stone-throwing) was tortured to death under interrogation,” asked Levy.
“Did he really die in the solitary confinement cell at Megiddo Prison, or had he been transferred there after his death in Jamameh in order to blur the fact that he died under interrogation, as his family suspects?”
He was strong and athletic. He hadn’t been ill a day in his life. He was a third year Al-Quds Open University student.
He didn’t resist arrest. Neighbors said soldiers beat him anyway. They heard him scream. Days later, his family learned he was dead. He’s Palestine’s latest martyr.
He won’t soon be forgotten. Palestinians demand justice. They’ve been protesting for days. After Friday prayers, thousands rallied supportively. They did so across the West Bank.
Israel responded violently. Nonviolent demonstrators were attacked. Israel does viciously with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, skunk water, and at times live fire.
Dozens were injured. Clashes broke out near Ofer Prison. High-velocity tear gas canisters were fired. Some hit passing vehicles. Others hit two ambulances.
Calls for a third Intifada are heard. Some believe it started. It’s long overdue. Liberation won’t come otherwise. Confronting the Israeli beast takes courage. Ending occupation harshness is crucial. Living free matters most.
In February, Israel kidnapped 382 Palestinians. Women and children were included. Multiple neighborhood incursions occur daily.
Palestinians have no place to hide. Police state harshness terrorizes them.
Preliminary Jaradat autopsy results are in. Dr. Saber Aloul conducted Palestine’s examination. He said:
“Reason of Death: nervous shock as a result of extreme pain from the intensity of (his) injuries, which resulted from multiple direct and extensive acts of torture.”
Signs of severe upper back, spine, chest, and arms bruising were visible. Blood was inside his nose. More was around his mouth. Multiple broken bones in his neck, spine, ribs, arms and legs were discovered.
His heart was completely healthy. No evidence of damage or weakness was found.
Injuries discovered were recent and severe. Torture caused them. Dozens of Palestinians died in detention. Others succumbed after release.
Thousands languish in Israeli gulag hell. Human rights defenders are targeted. Addameer legal researcher Mourad Jadallah said:
“This is a way to (break) the principle of solidarity between the Palestinian people and the Palestinian prisoners, and the case of the Palestinian prisoners in the conscience of the Palestinian people.”
Collective punishment is enforced. No one’s safe in Palestine. Children are vulnerable like adults. Stop the Wall’s Jamal Juma says “Israel’s drunk with power.”
Its government reflects “right wing fascism.” Total control is policy. Viciousness enforces it. Palestinian resistance is brutally targeted. He expects a third Intifada.
People only take so much before exploding. Perhaps it’s soon. He and others want Israel challenged judicially.
They want sanctions, boycotts, and divestment imposed. They want long denied accountability.
Israel’s whole system is corrupt. It’s immoral, oppressive and lawless. Palestinians have a right to live free. They’re committed to fight for it.
Last October, Addameer’s Ayman Nasser was targeted. He was violently arrested and detained.
He’s outrageously charged with supporting Palestinian prisoners. Israel accuses him of calling for their freedom. He spoke for others saying he “supports the prisoners issue even if the cost is my freedom.”
Jadallah shares his sentiment. Liberating struggles will continue, he said.
“It’s very emotional and sensitive for Palestinians all over the world. They look to the prisoners as the real leaders.”
“The prisoners issue means that we are still in occupation and we still have to resist.”
“We are ready to pay the price. Just like Ayman said, I am supporting the Palestinian prisoners and I am ready to pay my freedom as a price for my support.”
Many others feel the same way. On February 27, Addameer headlined “The Prisons Will Be Gone, and the Shackles Broken.”

On March 4, it commemorates its 20th anniversary. Everyone is welcome. Ramallah’s Cultural Palace is host venue.
Palestinian art work will be displayed. A photo exhibit will be featured. Cultural performances will follow.
“Together we will bring the prisoners issue to the forefront of Palestinian sentiment.” Doing so is vital for everyone to know.

A Final Comment

Eileen Fleming is an author, writer and activist. She’s in the forefront of Mordechai Vanunu’s liberating struggle.
Her new book is titled “Vanunu’s WAIT for Liberty: Remembering The USS Liberty and My Life as a Candidate of Conscience for US HOUSE 2012.”
It’s the fourth in the series she began writing in 2005. She’s been to both sides of Israel’s Separation Wall seven times.

She founded the Public Service WeAreWideAwake.org. She did so after her first trip. She’s written over 1,000 related articles. She provides information vital to know.
Pre-9/11, she had no interest in politics, she said. That event changed her. It compelled her to travel to Israel and Palestine.

In 2005, she met Vanunu. Israel imprisoned him for 18 years. He exposed its nuclear weapons program. He was released in 2004. He’s severely restricted. He can’t give interviews. Speaking to foreigners is prohibited.

Fleming was inspired to act. She’s does so ever since. She does it honorably. She’s supports right over wrong.
She challenges what needs to be exposed and changed. She struggles for what’s vital to support. She inspires others to act the same way.

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West Bank Village Struggles to Survive

February 21, 2013

by Stephen Lendman

Batir is special. Its heritage is longstanding. It’s been that way for centuries. It’s one of Palestine’s most beautiful villages.

It’s built around natural spring water. It’s dotted by wells and reservoirs. Traditional agriculture is its way of life. Villagers want it kept that way.

Spring water irrigates Batir’s gardens. They made village produce famous. Preserving it is vital. It’s too important to lose.

In 1948, Batir was on the front line of Israel’s War of Independence.

Green Line separation divides its ancestral lands. Its residents were the only Palestinians allowed to cultivate them inside its post-war border.

For decades it struggled to survive. Israeli land theft and development threaten it.

Israel’s Separation Wall is Exhibit A. Constructing it threatens traditional Batir agriculture. Its route isn’t yet finalized. If built as planned, Batir’s way of life will end.

One farmer spoke for others, saying:

“It is a tragedy for all farmers and all the residents of Batir village. Most of the residents are farmers and depend on these green lands.”

“They depend on farming the Batir eggplant which is famous in the Palestinian lands. Also we have other vegetables such as beans, cauliflower, and pepper.”

Israel’s Separation Wall “affects us. If only you knew how much it will destroy our lives and land. We do not know how we will live afterwards.”

“Our life is attached to this land. It is the source of our honor. We will never give it away no matter what happens.”

Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority CEO Shaul Goldstein agrees. He opposes Israel’s plan.
Samedi 10 Novembre 2012  Le partage de l'information à propos du village de BATTIR se prolonge au-delà du programme du FIG 2012. Il s'agit à la fois de suivre le travail d'observation élaboré par le groupe de paysagistes dont le travail a été présenté lors du Café-carto du Samedi 13 octobre 2012, au Bureau, à St-Dié-des-Vosges - et de suivre l'impact de l'entretien des vallées de Battir sur les enjeux de son avenir...  Les travaux de restauration des paysages de Battir, réalisés ces derniers mois, ont offert de nouvelles occasions d'expliquer ces enjeux : c'est M. Hassan Muamer qui les a dirigés, qui a bien voulu répondre à mon invitation - nous devons tous le remercier très sincèrement, depuis Battir jusqu'ici, d'avoir accepté de partager avec nous ses Paysages, tout ce mois d'octobre, depuis le FIG, puis à Rouen, jusqu'à l'Université de Besançon.  Les publications vont être diffusées ces prochains mois... Et j'espère que l'avenir de ce merveilleux village saura préserver les richesses de son passé.  Thank you so much, and thank you to share.“Israel has the right to defend itself,” he said. “We think we can do it with electronic devices, closed circuit cameras, and radars, not by a physical barrier, not a fence, not a wall, nothing.”

“We need it open for the public. We need it open for nature.”

Area around Batir provides an ecological corridor. Destroying it by wall or fence construction would be tragic, he added.

He stressed two main points. One is the ecological corridor. It provides animals different climate areas.

Batir landscape is the other. It’s too beautiful and historic to destroy. It’s unique and picturesque. It’s on a hillside south of Jerusalem.

Farmland is arranged by traditional terraces. Natural springs irrigate it.

According to engineer Raed Samara:

“The damage that will happen if the wall is built will never be solved. There will be environmental damage.”

“There will be increase in rats and harmful animals. The animals who are living in this area will not be able to move around, such as gazelles.”

Since 2005, villagers waged legal battles. They petitioned Israel’s High Court. They did so through through Israeli environmental organizations, Friends of the Earth of Middle East, and Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority.

Last October, Israel’s High Court ruled. It issued an injunction. It banned Wall construction. Justice Uzi Vogelman gave Israeli authorities 14 days to respond.

Surtout ne manquez pas cette rencontre avec la vie - la vie qui tient en quelques mots : équilibre, douceur, beauté, volonté... le résultat d'un travail acharné, du fil des siècles à celui des saisons... C'est ici, en Palestine, dans les vallées de Battir - là où notre regard, celui de tous, est impératif, indispensable.  Above all, don't miss this meeting with the life - the life that takes in a few words: balance, sweetness, beauty, will... the result of a hard work, the wire of the centuries and of the seasons... It is here, in Palestine, in the valleys of Battir - where our attention, from each of us, is imperative, essential.Villagers proposed an alternate Wall route. Doing so leaves their land intact. Part of Batir lies inside the Green Line. Israeli construction so far hasn’t violated it.

Attorney Kais Nasser represents villagers. “According to (Israel’s) plan,” he said, (village) lands will remain behind the fence, which will drastically change the status quo in the area and lead to the breaking of an international agreement between the parties.”

It existed since 1948/49. Nasser rejects Israeli claims. Saying Wall construction protects Israeli security doesn’t wash. It’s the land, stupid.

Israel wants it. It wants all valued Judea and Samaria areas. It wants Jewish development only. It wants Palestinians ethnically cleansed. It’s longstanding policy.

In 2011, UNESCO awarded Batir $15,000. It did so for “Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes.” Its care for ancient terraces and traditional irrigation were highlighted.

Palestinian Authority officials want Batir declared a World Heritage site. Ahead of Israel’s High Court injunction, they petitioned UNESCO to do so. They want ancient Batir terraces protected.
“We hope that UNESCO which gave Batir the first award for protecting the environment. We hope this award will help to stop building the wall and will return life to Batir,” said Samara.

Last October, UNESCO gave Palestine full member status. It did so despite intense US and Israeli opposition. PA officials submitted an emergency petition. It requested swift resolution. It wants Batir protected. It said in part:

“(T)he nominated property is currently at risk because of the Separation Barrier currently being constructed by the Government of Israel. The Batir Village Council brought this case to the Israeli Supreme Court.”

“The court case aims at preventing the construction of the ‘Barrier’ in a historically sensitive area such as the ‘jenan’ or ‘gardens’ where a millenary irrigation system is still in use to water the vegetable gardens of Batir.”

“The Israeli Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision in the near future, which justifies the submission of this dossier to be processed on an emergency basis, in order to protect an area of ‘Outstanding Universal Value’ and prevent its irreversible destruction.”

“Since 1967, intensive Israeli activities of settlement expansion are threatening the property and its surrounding villages.”

“The increasing construction of housing units, infrastructures, roads and other various kinds of services for the exclusive use of Israeli settlers, has resulted in the progressive enclavisation of both the territorial area and the inhabitants of the nominated property, severely threatening the integrity of its landscape and the sustainability of its ecological and environmental equilibrium.”

If Israel’s Wall is built as planned, it’ll separate villagers from 740 acres of their land. Doing so will violate 1948/49 armistice agreements. Subsequent oral ones will end.

Traditional agriculture won’t survive. Batir’s entire terrace system may collapse. “It’s like a net,” said one farmer. “You can’t cut it down in the middle without it being destroyed.”

Perhaps Israel has that in mind. It wouldn’t be the first time. Targeting Palestine’s way of life is longstanding.

Batir is one of its last untouched areas. Villagers prioritize preserving it. Wall construction destroyed adjacent Walaja village.

Good Water Neighbors at Friends of the Earth Middle East’s Michal Sagiv said:
“On the Israeli side, (Walaja) terraces ceased to be used for agriculture and are remnants. Here it’s still a living system.” Batir villages want it kept that way.

On February 17, Haaretz headlined “Palestinians reject Israel’s compromise for West Bank fence: Stop rail traffic instead of building on our land.”

In response to villagers’ High Court petition, Israeli officials “suggested building a fence, rather than a wall….”

They lied. They said doing so would minimize environmental damage. They stressed non-existent security concerns.

Palestinians reject them for good reason. They understand Israel’s real aims. Land theft is prioritized. So is settlement construction and other Jewish development.

Doing so requires displacing Palestinians. It’s been ongoing for decades. It shows no signs of stopping.

In rejecting Israel’s “compromise,” villagers “quoted landscape conservation experts who said that a fence would cause as much damage as a wall – both through direct damage to the terraces on which it would be built and by interrupting the contiguity of cultivated land.”

They said construction will impede villagers’ access to their land. Israel plans it. Concerns raised are subterfuge for its real aims.

The struggle to preserve Batir continues. Hope springs eternal. Israel plans returning 1,200 dunums of Jordan Valley land.

According to its Lands Administration (ILA), its Kibbutz Merav mistakenly got it. It’s inside the Green Line.

ILA officials admitted a 30-year old error. Doing so was perhaps a one-off. What Israel steals it keeps. Rare exceptions prove the rule.

In January 2012, Israel told kibbutz officials what happened. The land’s not theirs was explained. It’s still being cultivated.

It’s private Palestinian land. It’s legal owners were excluded for decades. They still are despite ILA’s ruling.

Making it was historic. It remains to be seen what follows. Anything positive perhaps bodes well for Batir. The struggle to preserve it continues.

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Chavez Returns

February 20, 2013


by Stephen Lendman

He’s home. He arrived on February 18 at 2:30AM Caracas time. He announced his arrival via Twitter.

“I have returned to the Venezuelan homeland,” he said. “Thank God!! Thank you beloved people! I will continue the treatment here.”

Separately he thanked Fidel and Raul Castro. He praise Cuba’s superb medical providers. “We will live and we will overcome,” he said.

Fidel Castro wished him well on departure. He said in part:

“Dear Hugo:

I am extremely satisfied that you have been able to return to that piece of American land which you love so much, and to our brother people who support you so much.

A long and agonizing wait, as well as your astonishing capacity for physical resistance and the total dedication of a team of doctors, as has been the case over the last 10 years, were necessary to achieve this objective.

You learned a lot about life, Hugo, in those difficult days of suffering and sacrifice.

Now that we will not have the privilege of receiving news of you on a daily basis, we will go back to the method of correspondence which we have used for many years.

We will always live to fight for justice for human beings, consciously and humbly, without fear of the years, months, days or hours that we might have left to live in the most critical era of the history of our humanity.

Our people, who are also your people, will know tomorrow of your return to Venezuelan via this message.

Everything had to be done with much discretion, so as not to give an opportunity to the fascist groups to plan any of their cynical actions against the Bolivarian revolutionary process.

Global supporters “followed the ‘health and news of Chavez.”
Until victory always!
A firm hug!

Fidel Castro Ruz

On arrival, Venezuelan Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas said reports about his recovery were true. Media scoundrels claimed otherwise.

On state television, Villegas said “He’s back. He’s back. He’s back. The ominous voices are defeated. Those who were calling into question the information emitted by the national government with respect to Chavez’s health” were wrong.

“A terrible machinery was activated to delegitimize, to call into question all of the information that was being given, including by echoing the most atrocious” lies.

Chavez “ordered all times the country was (to be kept) informed on the progress of his treatment.” Thirty official updates were provided. They were done so accurately. Chavez wanted it that way.
Vice President Nicolas stood in for him in his absence. He called on Venezuelans to celebrate his return. They need no prompting to do so. They often rally supportively.

During his convalescent period, various reports pronounced him dead or dying. On February 15, photos were released for the first time.

They showed him smiling with his daughters. He was reading Cuba’s official newspaper, Granma.
On December 11, he underwent complex cancer surgery. He did so for the fourth time in 18 months. Recovery has been slow and difficult. Complications were overcome.

He still requires special treatment. He got world class care at Havana’s Medical Surgical Research Center (CIMEQ). He’ll continue it at Venezuela’s Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital.

His January 10 inauguration was postponed. He was scheduled to take his oath of office before Venezuela’s National Assembly.

He’ll do it later before the Supreme Tribunal of Justice. It unanimously approved his doing so. Constitutional law was observed.

At issue now is returning to full health. Venezuelan pray he’ll do so soon. They reelected him overwhelmingly last October. They won’t tolerate dark forces returning.

He turned neoliberal harshness into Bolivarian success. With or without him, it’s institutionalized. It’s part of Venezuela’s culture.

It’s polar opposite America’s permanent war policy, ravaging the world for global dominance, police state harshness, force-fed austerity, growing human need, and government beholden solely to business and privileged elitism.

Chavez champions human rights. He has no secret prisons. He doesn’t invade his neighbors. He abhors torture.

He engages other nations cooperatively. He seeks unity and world solidarity. He supports free, open and fair elections.

Jimmy Carter calls them “the best in the world.” It shames America’s process. Duopoly power runs things. Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same coin.

Venezuelans get real democracy. They want things no other way. Their votes count. Chavez institutionalized it. They pray for his full recovery. They want him back in full health.

Chavismo reflects Bolivarian fairness. He did so much for so many. He’s too important to lose.

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