Sunday, August 28, 2016

Heading for All-Out War on Syria

Heading for All-Out War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, aided by Pentagon warplanes, terrorist fighters, and US forces on the ground, may have been prelude to longstanding US plans for toppling Assad forcefully - on the phony pretext of combating terrorism along with blaming him for Obama’s aggression, orchestrated by Hillary.

If anointed president in November, she’ll order a “full review” of America’s Syria policy, wanting unfinished business completed.

According to her chief foreign policy advisor Jeremy Bash, her top priority is getting Assad “out of there” - in other words, greater US naked aggression to replace him with pro-Western puppet governance, no matter how much more mass slaughter and destruction it takes to do it.

In early August, neocon Washington Institute for Near East Policy fellows Dennis Ross and Andrew Tabler urged America “tak(ing) a harder line against Mr. Assad and his allies.”

“Punish the Syrian government…by using drones and cruise missiles to hit (its) military airfields, bases and artillery positions where no Russian troops are present,” they said - claiming it’s in response to government forces “violating the truce.”

Fact: Russian and Syrian forces scrupulously observe it, striking US-backed terrorists slaughtering civilians, doing their best to protect them from the ravages of US aggression.

Ross, Tabler and other neocons like Hillary want Syria entirely ravaged and destroyed, scorning peaceful conflict resolution, calling for greater war than already.

Obama won’t likely escalate things more than already. Instead, public sentiment is being manipulated with Aleppo Boy and similar propaganda to accept greater conflict once Hillary succeeds him.

It comes with huge risks if undertaken. Putin pledged support for Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity, along with the right of its people alone to decide who’ll lead them.

How far will he go to keep his pledge? Will he risk East/West confrontation? Will America? Are Russia, China and Iran Washington’s next targets with Hillary as president?

Will the unthinkable become reality with her in charge - nuclear war risking life on earth? When neocon lunatics seeking unchallenged power run the asylum, anything is possible - maybe likely.

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Hillary's BleachBit Controversy

Hillary’s BleachBit Controversy

by Stephen Lendman

BleachBit software is a modern-day version of Orwell’s memory hole - explained in his dystopian 1984 novel.

It’s high-tech censorship to disappear inconvenient or embarrassing documents and other records, making it appear they never existed. 

In Orwell’s world, the so-called Ministry of Truth rewrote history to match state propaganda. Hillary operates the same way, Big Lies substituting for disturbing reality.

Appearing on Fox News, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R. SC) said emails she wanted excluded from public scrutiny, “she and her lawyers…deleted.”

“They didn’t just push the delete button. They had them deleted where even God can’t read them. They were using something called BleachBit.”

“You don’t use (this software) for yoga emails. (It’s for) something you really do not want the world to see.” Here’s how the company describes its product, saying:

“BleachBit quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy. Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there.” 

“Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean a thousand applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, and more.” 

“Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.”

In other words, whatever users want disappeared forever without a trace can be accomplished through this software. Once erased, recovery isn’t possible. Things are wiped clean like they never existed.

Clinton lied claiming all deleted emails were personal. If so, why go to the trouble of using BleachBit to assure they never see the light of day. Gowdy believes they’re related to her pay-to-play scam, material she wants hidden from public view.

In response to Hillary claiming the issue amounts to “a lot of smoke (with) no fire,” he called her actions “arson…pyromania…not smoke.”

Even listening to her talk about the Clinton Foundation, I couldn't help but go back and remember the press conference she gave on her emails where every single thing she said proved to be false.”

“That’s the interesting thing about credibility and believability: You can't just keep it in one compartment. When you are a habitual, serial liar in this facet of life, it tends to make people not believe you in other facets of life. So when she’s talking about the Clinton Foundation, I go back and remember her saying there’s no classified information, I only used one device, I did it for convenience. All of which were proven to be false.”

All politicians lie. Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton honed to a fine art. Nothing they say is credible. They’re serial liars, unfit for any public office.

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Obamacare: A Failed Experiment

Obamacare: A Failed Experiment

by Stephen Lendman

Obamacare was designed as a healthcare rationing scheme to benefit drug companies, large hospital chains and insurers - instead of Medicare for all, everyone in, no one left out, everybody treated equally on a level playing field.

Healthcare in America comes at double or more the expense compared to other Western countries, millions excluded from coverage, many millions more with too little because of the high cost, making care they need unaffordable.

Young healthy Americans aren’t enrolling in state insurance exchanges in enough numbers to keep many of them viable. Signups are less than half of forecasted numbers. For everyone joining, two others aren’t.

Health insurance giant Aetna cancelled Obamacare 2017 expansion plans. Expected to lose $300 in Affordable Care Act coverage this year, it may stop providing coverage altogether.

It currently runs Obamacare plans in 15 states, planned to join another five exchanges. According to its CEO Mark Bertolini, it’s reevaluating its “exchange footprint, as the poor performance of these products warrants such an analysis.”

Other providers are hemorrhaging cash because of rising costs, low exchange enrollments (especially among valued young healthy adults), and failing Obamacare co-ops.

According to Health Policy and Strategy Associates president Robert Laszewski, politicians have “about a year to fix” Obamacare’s problems. 

“The math is simple. These plans can’t continue the way it’s going. And that undermines the coverage that all of these people have gotten.”

The fewer the numbers of enrollees, the worse the coverage for others in exchanges as providers cut costs and offer less. 

Aetna’s losses are happening nationwide. “State after state, we are seeing the same scenario - losses (increasing), deteriorating conditions and carriers not being able to continue in the long run,” Laszewski explained .

Choice is disappearing. In many parts of the country, Obamacare enrollees and new customers have one provider, not several among which to choose what’s best for them at the lowest cost.

Last year, only 2% of eligible customers had only one choice. According to a McKinsey Center for US Health System Reform, 17% will have a single choice next year.

Things are deteriorating, not improving. Many, perhaps most, Obamacare plans resemble Medicaid with a high deductible and large co-pays, a deplorable situation.

With steadily rising costs, healthcare in America, the most fundamental human right along with food, shelter and clothing, is unaffordable for millions, getting too little coverage or none at all - especially for expensive treatments, hospitalizations, and drugs increasing in price exponentially.

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) promotes the only equitable system - state-sponsored single-payer Medicare for all, “letting the delivery of care remain largely in private hands,” with individuals able to choose their own providers.

Coverage should include “all medically necessary services, including doctor, hospital, preventive, long-term care, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescription drug and medical supply costs,” PNHP explains.

Premiums, co-pays and deductibles would end. So would financial barriers to proper care. Patients “would regain free choice of doctor(s) and hospital(s). Doctors would regain autonomy over patient care.”

Obamacare was designed for profit-making, not putting patient needs first. Replacing it with universal coverage is vitally needed - excluding middlemen insurers increasing costs while providing no care.

A valued doctor, activist friend explained to me “what medicine should be all about - help(ing) a patient live a good and useful life.”

Rationing care by making it unaffordable for millions, along with letting insurers make healthcare decisions, is no way to do it.

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Who Are the Real Terrorists in Syria?

Who Are the Real Terrorists in Syria?

by Stephen Lendman

State-sponsored and scoundrel media propaganda on Syria’s conflict is some of the worst in memory.

Most Americans and others in Western countries are sublimely ignorant about what’s going on, fed misinformation and Big Lies instead of hard truths about Obama’s dirty war - state terror against millions of defenseless Syrians, victims of imperial ruthlessness.

The real terrorists in Syria are foreign nation-states, America most of all - responsible for launching preemptive naked aggression, disguised to look like a revolutionary uprising using Islamist jihadist fighters, largely imported from scores of countries, not homegrown.

Other terrorists waging war on Syrian sovereign independence include Britain, France, Turkey, other NATO countries, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, other Gulf States, Israel, Jordan and Australia - America in the lead, others playing a supporting role.

On the phony pretext of combating ISIS, they’re waging war on the Syrian Arab Republic - raping it, massacring its people, committing gruesome atrocities, using terrorist groups (largely called moderates) to their dirty work - supplemented by US-led “coalition” bombing of government sites and infrastructure targets.

Syria’s war isn’t civil. It’s US-led naked aggression. When Obama addressed the nation on September 10, 2014, he lied, saying he ordered US warplanes to begin bombing Syrian targets to “destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL,” claiming it’s to keep America “safer.”

“(W)e continue to face a terrorist threat,” he blustered. He failed to say it’s headquartered in Washington under his leadership - the nation’s terrorist-in-chief.

Nor did he explain that ISIS and virtually all other terrorist groups operating in Syria, elsewhere in the region and beyond are US creations, that no moderates exist, that all heavily armed anti-government forces are US-sponsored death squads, that Washington wants Syria colonized, its sovereign independence replaced by pro-Western puppet governance.

Most Americans are so uninformed they believe ISIS and other terrorist groups threaten them. They’re more likely to be struck by lightning.

Death by auto accident, preventable diseases, violence at home by one family member against another, alcoholism or legal drug overdoses are infinitely higher.

Death or injury by homegrown or imported terrorism is virtually zero. Incidents in Boston, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Orlando and elsewhere were false flags, Americans deceived to believe otherwise.

State-sponsored terrorism is the worst kind. High-profile groups like ISIS and likeminded ones serve as imperial foot soldiers, waging war against independent nation-states, multi-world polarity, fundamental freedoms and democracy the way it should be.

America is the world’s leading terrorist, its rogue agenda threatening humanity’s survival - a scourge vital to defeat. World peace hangs in the balance.

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Media Scoundrels for Hillary

Media Scoundrels for Hillary

by Stephen Lendman

Never before in US history was media coverage so outrageously biased for one presidential candidate over the other. It’s so bad, it’s surreal, character assassination posing as journalism. 

Veteran pollster Pat Caddell calls it a “terrifying crisis in democracy” - promoting Hillary while relentlessly bashing Trump, inventing reasons to smear him.

He was right earlier saying he’s running more “against the crooked media” than “against crooked Hillary Clinton.”

They’re protecting her, suppressing her deplorable record, her racketeering, her fealty to Wall Street, war-profiteers, Big Pharma and Monsanto, her threat to world peace.

In contrast, accusations against Trump are outrageous. Favoring better relations with Russia got former acting CIA director Michael Morell to call him an “unwitting (Putin) agent.” 

Other propaganda suggests he’s a Manchurian candidate for Putin. He’s compared to Hitler. A late July Washington Post editorial called him “a unique threat to American democracy.”

In its latest edition, WaPo compared what it called Hillary’s careful preparation for upcoming presidential debates to Trump’s “WrestleMania.”

So-called “debates,” like US elections, are farcical when held - independent candidates excluded, the format each time pre-scripted, letting Republican and Democrat presidential aspirants rant instead of holding their feet to the fire with important questions on major issues and demanding answers, not evasions.

New York Times editors bash Trump relentlessly, one of many examples from an earlier editorial saying “Republicans seem to be reeling, unable or unwilling to comprehend that a shady, bombastic liar is hardening the image of their party as a symbol of intolerance and division.”

It’s latest edition accused him of being biased against Blacks while ignoring Hillary once saying “(a)ll Black youths are super-predators.”

He’s against jobs destroying TPP. Hillary earlier called it “the gold standard in trade agreements.” Neither candidate is the type leader Americans deserve, both deplorable figures.

Hillary is by far the worst, the most ruthlessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history.

Her administration likely means a policy agenda across the board, surpassing the high crimes of previous ones - especially her rage for endless wars on humanity with no reluctance to use nuclear weapons based on her earlier comments.

Supporting her risks the worst of all possible world’s to come - maybe its end in a mushroom-shaped cloud.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Kerry/Lavrov Show's Record of Futility

The Kerry/Lavrov Show’s Record of Futility

by Stephen Lendman

Both ministers met numerous times since Kerry took over at State from Hillary on February 1, 2013.

Last March, Lavrov said both men met 18 times in the past year alone, more discussions held since then, including Friday in Geneva, focusing largely on Syria.

Like all previous meetings, nothing advanced things closer to conflict resolution. It’s perhaps more distant since Turkey invaded northern Syria, backed by US warplanes, its special forces and hundreds of terrorist fighters, intending indefinite occupation of territory seized, perhaps annexation to follow with barely a public whimper from Moscow.

Commenting after Friday’s meeting, Kerry saying talks were “productive and constructive” indicated nothing was achieved toward resolving Obama’s war - in its sixth year with no prospect for peace.

Claiming the need “to get the job done, to provide for a real ceasefire, and to meet the needs of the Syrian people” ignores US naked aggression against a sovereign independent state threatening no one.

Saying warring parties “stand on the brink (of) going back to a state of all-out war” fails to acknowledge America’s responsibility for launching and continuing it brutally, deploring peaceful conflict resolution.

Agreed on cessation of hostilities last February failed to end them. Days of futile peace talks reflected tragedy and travesty, achieving nothing. 

Millions of Syrians fear death, mutilating injuries, or other ill effects from war, related violence, untreated diseases or starvation. The fate of entire nation hangs in the balance - victims of US barbarism.

Endless US/Russian diplomatic talks reflect exercises in futility. Syria burns while both sides fiddle.

Kerry lied saying Friday “we achieved clarity on the path forward. We have completed the vast majority of (what he calls) technical discussions…primarily focused on making this cessation real and improving the level of humanitarian assistance, and thereby getting the parties to the table so we can have a serious negotiation about how to end this war.”

Fact: Ending it is simple - requiring America and its rogue allies cease military and other support for all terrorists elements waging war on sovereign Syrian independence - acknowledging no moderate rebels exist. Resolution is unattainable any other way.

Fact: Endless war continues because Washington rejects peace and stability. Conflict serves its interests, the cost in human lives and misery of no consequence.

Kerry’s comments Friday followed by Lavrov saying discussions were a step in the right direction bely dire reality on the ground. Raging conflict continues with nothing achieved toward advancing things toward resolution.

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Failure in Geneva to Resolve Obama's War on Syria

Failure in Geneva to Resolve Obama’s War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

When diplomats says talks were constructive they mean failure to achieve what’s most important.

Countless hours of US/Russia face-to-face and telephonic talks on Syria’s conflict preceded Friday’s Kerry/Lavrov session in Geneva - yet irreconcilable differences remain between both sides.

Endless war rages because Washington wants it continued - dangerously escalated by Turkey’s lawless invasion of northern Syria, aided by US warplanes and operatives on the ground.

Obama wants Syria transformed into another US colony, its sovereign independence destroyed, its leadership replaced with servile puppets, its resources looted, its people exploited. Friday Geneva talks changed nothing.

No progress was achieved toward resolving conflict and restoring peace to a war-torn country - raped by US imperial viciousness.

When Lavrov says he and Kerry “reduce(d) mutual levels of misunderstanding (and) the level of mutual mistrust between” Washington and Moscow, it begs the question of how many previous times similar comments were made without achieving anything toward conflict resolution. 

US imperial aims are hard-wired, immune to diplomatic efforts to change things. Bipartisan neocon hawks exert enormous influence  - believing dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations is America’s divine right, achievable through brute force.

The proof is in the pudding, as the saying goes. Endless US direct or proxy wars continue raging in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Donbass, Ukraine, Yemen, Somalia and partnered with Israel’s slow-motion genocide against Palestine.

US special forces operate covertly and overtly worldwide, creating instability and chaos. America’s empire of bases are launching pads for wars. 

Has WW III begun with no one noticing? Are Russia, China and Iran the next targets? Will America attack these countries preemptively with nuclear weapons - separately or together?

Syria, if lost, appears prelude to likely greater war on humanity, risking potential catastrophic consequences. Lavrov’s best efforts in Geneva and earlier changed nothing.

Diplomacy doesn’t work with Washington. The only language it understands is force. Conflict in Syria will be resolved on the battlefield - not in luxury hotels in Geneva or anywhere else.

Whatever America agrees on diplomatically it breaches to serve its interests. So why does Russia persist in pursuing what can’t be achieved with a duplicitous negotiating partner time and again - Friday the latest exercise in futility?

Sergey Lavrov is a world-class diplomat. Yet his consummate skills and good intentions are no match against the real evil empire - pretending diplomatic sincerity while plotting its next dark move.

All heavily armed anti-government forces in Syria are US-backed terrorists - cold-blooded killers imported from scores of countries. Yet Lavrov persists in distinguishing between good and bad elements - calling the former ones “healthy opposition forces.”

Why when he knows none exist. Pretending otherwise serves US interests for endless war. It makes regime change more possible. It betrays the interests of millions of long-suffering Syrians.

His reference to “our American partners” sounds more like surrender than advancing the cause of peace. Defeating the scourge of US imperialism should be Russia’s top priority. 

Currying favor with Washington weakens its position, leaving its sovereign independence up for grabs.

No one with any sense wants war between the world’s dominant nuclear powers. Yet the more Russia yields to US demands, the greater the chance for the unthinkable - the more likely pure evil will triumph.

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NYT Reinvents Obama's War on Syria

NYT Reinvents Obama’s War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Disgracefully calling Obama’s naked aggression against a nonbelligerent nation civil war denigrates millions of long-suffering Syrians - victims of US imperial viciousness.

Headlining Syria’s Paradox: Why the War Only Ever Seems to Get Worse,” The Times reinvented one of history’s greatest crimes - besides numerous others on America’s despicable rap sheet. More on its article below.

Tim Anderson’s important book, titled “The Dirty War on Syria: Washington, Regime Change and Resistance” is the definitive account of the conflict - must reading to understand it. 

Separately, he explained Obama’s dirty war in basic terms as follows:

“Washington and its allies try another ‘regime change’ in Syria. A fake ‘revolution’ uses Islamic gangs, during an ‘Arab Spring.’ The Western media constantly lie about this covert, dirty war.”

“A political reform movement is driven off the streets by Islamic violence. (The misnamed pro-Western) ‘Free Syrian Army’ slaughters minorities and government workers.”

“Saudi and Qatari backed Islamists carry out a series of massacres, falsely blaming them on the Syrian Army and President Assad.”

“Most of Syria’s opposition backs the state and army against terrorism. Washington calls a puppet exile group ‘the Syrian opposition.’ “

“Washington (using Saudis, Qatar, Turkey and Israel) backs all the armed Islamist groups, pretending some are ‘moderate rebels.’ “

“A resistance coalition rallies to Syria. Iran, Hezbollah, Iraq and Russia join the Syrian Army in destroying western backed terrorist groups.”

Anderson’s book explains all of the above and more in detail, why it’s essential reading to understand what’s going on - polar opposite media propaganda, notably from The New York Times, Washington’s leading imperial press agent.

I’ve written scores of articles on the conflict since Obama launched it in March 2011, believing things would go like against Libya - its country raped, its leadership deposed in months.

US naked aggression against sovereign Syrian independence rages in its sixth year with no prospect for resolving things in sight.

Diplomats talk endlessly, accomplishing nothing to end war while scores, maybe hundreds more Syrians die daily, numerous others injured, millions displaced, an entire population traumatized - victims of US state terror.

A separate article today explained failure in Geneva - Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry spending hours on Friday achieving nothing toward resolving years of US naked aggression.

It’ll either be won on the battlefield or not at all. Negotiating with rogue state America wastes time, an exercise in futility every time tried.

New York Times coverage of the Syrian conflict includes some of worst rubbish in memory - shameless disinformation and Big Lies, vital truths suppressed.

Instead of explaining why war continues endlessly, its intensity increasing, The Times substituted a reinvented version of what’s ongoing, suppressing hard truths.

Saying “(i)t frustrates any attempt at resolution” fails to discuss how war began, who’s responsible, and how ending it depends on America and its rogue allies ceasing support for terrorists.

Without foreign supplied arms, munitions, funding, training, direction and other material support, terrorist groups in Syria and elsewhere wouldn’t exist.

America created them for use as imperial foot soldiers - its proxy army doing its killing and dying for it, a seemingly endless supply of Islamist extremists willing to wage war for whatever benefits they hope to achieve - for many an early grave.

The Times: “The fact that the underlying battle is multiparty rather than two-sided…works against resolution.”

Fact: War in Syria pits US imperialism against the nation’s sovereign independence. No moderate rebels exist. All anti-government forces are US created and supported terrorists.

Fact: Washington wants Assad ousted, Syria transformed into another US vassal state, isolating Iran, next in line for regime change.

Times reports explain none of the above, instead maintain the fiction of various anti-government elements vying for control. They’re pawns on America’s chessboard, used to achieve imperial aims.

The Times: “Pro-government forces have conducted by far the most attacks against civilians” - falsely accusing Syria’s military, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, a disgraceful perversion of truth.

US-supported terrorists along with US-led so-called “coalition” terror-bombing bear full responsibility for massacring hundreds of thousands of Syrians, mostly defenseless civilians.

Syria’s only hope for restoring peace and stability is continued commitment from Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and maybe China to defeat the scourge of US imperialism. 

Otherwise endless war is likely, perhaps millions of Syrians perishing before it ends - besides other conflict theaters and new ones ahead killing millions more.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Turkey Announces Indefinite Occupation of Northern Syria

Turkey Announces Indefinite Occupation of Northern Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Indefinite means permanent unless redefined. After invading northern Syria on Wednesday, backed by US warplanes and hundreds of terrorist fighters, along with CIA and special forces operatives on the ground, Ankara expanded its aggression with more troops and heavy weapons - perhaps still more to come.

On Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim lied, saying “(w)e are protecting our country’s territorial integrity and Syria’s unity.”

“Our army will continue the operation until terrorists are completely driven out of this region.” Turkish troops “are providing logistics support to the Free Syrian Army forces” - terrorists responsible for massacring Syrian civilians and other atrocities.

Creating what Ankara calls a “safe zone” for refugees is code language attempted annexation of Syrian territory - a flagrantly illegal act, supported and encouraged by Washington, Russia so far doing nothing to intervene responsibly.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric called the combined Turkish/US action “an incursion,” instead of blasting it as naked aggression in flagrant violation of UN Charter principles.

He merely added what happened wasn’t coordinated with the UN. “(W)e are not involved in the coordination of military activities by one party or another,” he said.

The UN is notoriously pro-Western, including backing its US-led wars of aggression, raging in Syria and other theaters.

On Friday, Tass reported a scheduled meeting between Russia’s Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar was postponed - without further elaboration.

Moscow is clearly concerned about the latest developments - so far without taking countermeasures.

Inaction is acquiescence, Washington to take full advantage, likely using its joint aggression with Turkey to expand conflict further - like always, blaming victims for its high crimes.

Things in Syria look heading toward greater war than already - US and Russian diplomats fiddling while an entire country burns.

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More on Hillary's Pay-to-Play Scandal

More on Hillary’s Pay-to-Play Scandal

by Stephen Lendman

As secretary of state from January 2009 - February 2013, Hillary focused mainly on waging war and selling influence, she and husband Bill becoming super-rich by corrupt pay-to-play practices.

On August 24, AP News provided more information on how she operates, saying “(m)ore than half the people outside the government who met with (her) while she was secretary of state gave money - either personally or through companies or groups - to the Clinton Foundation.”

AP called her stewardship at State showed “possible ethics challenges if elected president,” saying:

“At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press.” 

“Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.”

It shows the price of direct contact with Hillary depends on large donations to the Clinton Foundation - classic pay-to-play corruption, criminality much more serious than ethical lapses.

Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to release names of individuals Hillary met with daily throughout her tenure as agency head, only around half of the information was made public.  Likely what’s most important remains concealed.

Department lawyers indicated full release won’t be completed until yearend, perhaps further delayed until post-inauguration in January or not at all if Hillary becomes president and prevents it. 

Information from AP’s findings also shows “Clinton met with representatives of at least 16 foreign governments that donated as much as $170 to the Clinton (Foundation)” besides numerous private individual contributions.

Trump is right, days earlier calling her “totally unfit to hold public office,” adding “(i)t is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins. It is now abundantly clear that the Clintons set up a business to profit from public office.”

According to information AP obtained, “(s)ome of Clinton’s most influential visitors donated millions to the Clinton Foundation and to her and her husband’s political coffers.”

AP sought access to her calendar and schedule three years ago. Department obstruction blocked it. The news agency had to sue in federal court for what should be public information, available on demand - especially when legal or ethical issues are involved.

Instead, perhaps some of Hillary’s darkest dealings remain secret - evidence of how she’ll operate if elevated to the White House in January.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Dubious UN Report Claiming Syrian Use of Chemical Weapons

Dubious UN Report Claiming Syrian Use of Chemical Weapons

by Stephen Lendman

A new UN Secretary-General report on use of chemical weapons in Syria appears more like pro-Western propaganda than legitimate analysis.

Throughout years of conflict, Syria repeatedly was accused of crimes it didn’t commit - evidence later showing US-backed terrorists were responsible. 

No evidence links its government or military to use of chemical weapons. It destroyed its entire stockpile, verified by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

US-supported terrorists used chemical weapons time and again against defenseless Syrian civilians, including Saudi Arabia-supplied toxic agents in containers marked “made in KSA.”

On August 24, Syrian UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari told Sputnik News of French involvement in chemical weapons attacks in his country in 2013, explaining the following:

The case with chemical weapons was initially fabricated to exert pressure on the Syrian government. After the first chemical gas attack on Khan al-Asal in Aleppo, I went to the Secretary-General to request assistance (to determine) if there actually was a chemical attack and who was behind it.”

He waffled, falsely claiming consultation with Security Council members was required - meaning America and its co-conspirators.

Hours later, he promised help while claiming he wouldn’t assist in determining responsibility - the key reason for examining incidents in question to hold responsible parties accountable. 

Al-Jaafari was bluntly honest, saying “(f)rom that moment, it became clear that (Western) UN Security Council members are interested in keeping the party behind the attacks unnamed due to certain political circumstances.”

“According to the French sources and according to the book ‘Road to Damascus,’ the famous French journalists Georges Malbruno and Christian Shesno have documented evidence to prove the involvement of the former French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, in the Eastern Gouta (chemical weapons attack) near Damascus.”

Al-Jafaari said hundreds of Syrian government letters to Security Council members and the Western created UN Commission of Inquiry with documented evidence of terrorists using chemical weapons were ignored or called unreliable.

“This was (because) the party (or parties) behind these chemical attacks” are supported by Washington, NATO and their rogue Middle East partners in high crimes.

Heavily US-led Western pressured UN bodies are one-sidedly anti-Syria, turning a blind eye on aggression by America and its rogue partners, their support for ISIS and other terrorist groups.

The Secretary-General’s report on chemical weapons use in Syria lacks credibility. Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin urged not drawing “hasty conclusions” - perhaps diplomatic language debunking accusations of Syrian involvement.

What strategic advantage could its government gain by using them against defenseless civilians? US-backed terrorists benefit plenty by blaming Damascus for their own high crimes.

The UN report accused Syria of using chlorine gas after its CW stockpile was destroyed. Chlorine was retained because of its civilian use. In gaseous form, it’s a favorite US-supported terrorist weapon.

The full UN report will be released next week. It’ll be discussed at the body’s September session. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blasted US finger-pointing, saying Washington should “look in the mirror and do what (it) promised…back in January” - separating terrorists called “moderate rebels” from Security Council designated ones.

With Hillary likely to succeed Obama next year by fair or foul means, orchestrator of US aggression on Syria, Washington appears going all-out to fabricate a case for full-blown US intervention - no matter the greater cost in human lives and suffering than already.

Falsely accusing its government of CW attacks, partnering with Turkey to invade and occupy northern Syria, plus whatever else may be planned looks like prelude for greater war.

The fate of an entire nation, its people, the region and perhaps humanity hang in the balance.

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