No Hope In Trump; No Hope In DC

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Opinion Column by Chuck Baldwin
At this point, people who are still holding out hope that Donald Trump is going to drain the swamp and save America are delusional. In less than 100 days, Trump has taken America to the precipice of World War III. He has filled his administration with Goldman Sachs banksters, CFR globalists, New World Order Zionists, and warmongers. Trump refuses to prosecute Hillary Clinton for egregious crimes against our country, but he is vowing to prosecute Julian Assange, a man whose "crime" is publishing the truth he receives from whistleblowers about the criminal conduct of the U.S. government. Plus, Assange isn't even an American. He is an Australian. What jurisdictional authority does President Trump have to arrest and prosecute a citizen of another country who has committed no crime in the United States? None! And if all of that is not bad enough, Donald Trump killed more innocent men, women, and children last month than Syria, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and China combined.

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Trump Talks Tough on North Korea

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Trump Talks Tough on North Korea

by Stephen Lendman

On Monday, he called on Security Council members to impose "stronger sanctions" on North Korea, heightening tensions by claiming the DPRK "is a real threat to the world…and it's a problem that we have to finally solve."

Pyongyang called the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group deployed off the Korean peninsula "an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade."

China's President Xi Jinping called for all sides to show "restraint, and avoid doing anything to worsen the tense situation on the peninsula."

On Wednesday afternoon, Trump will hold a briefing for all 100 senators on North Korea. Reportedly a similar session is planned for House members – both meetings to be held in a "sensitive compartmented information facility" in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Secretary of Defense Mattis, Joint Chiefs C
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Brussels, Washington and French Aristocracy for Macron

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Brussels, Washington and French Aristocracy for Macron

by Stephen Lendman

European and US elites consider Le Pen forbidden fruit – for wanting French sovereignty restored through Frexit, the country out of NATO, and improved relations with Russia – anathema notions for globalists and warmakers.

Macron as president assures continuity, favoring imperial and monied interests, harming humanity. Washington calls the shots. France, other EU/NATO countries, and most others salute and obey.

Outgoing French President Francois Hollande called on voters to support Macron in runoff voting. So did French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Losing conservative candidate Francois Fillon jumped on the Macron bandwagon before official results were announced, urging his supporters to renounce Le Pen.

So did (right-wing) Socialist party's Benoit Hamon. Leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon isn't endorsing either runoff candidate. Republican People's Union candid
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Blaming Assad for US War Crimes in Syria

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Blaming Assad for US War Crimes in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

In September 2011, Paulo Pinheiro was appointed Chairman of a three-member International Commission of Inquiry for Syria (COI). 

Its mandate is investigating war crimes and human rights abuses – charged with blaming Syria for high crimes committed against its sovereignty and people.

Pinheiro is a US imperial tool, wanting Assad held responsible for years of war ravaging the country. Syria was invaded by US-backed terrorists, supported by so-called coalition terror-bombing on the phony pretext of combating ISIS Washington created and supports.

The main job of any leader is defending his or her country's national security, especially in times of war.

Assad responsibly serves his nation and people. He's overwhelmingly popular, wants ongoing conflict resolved diplomatically – unattainable because Washington and its rogue allies want war, regime change, and Syrian sovereignty d
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Are More US-Orchestrated CW False Flags Likely in Syria?

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Are More US-Orchestrated CW False Flags Likely in Syria?

by Stephen Lendman

The April 4 Kahn Sheikhoun CW attack was a likely CIA-orchestrated incident, carried out by US-supported terrorists – supplied chemical weapons by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, trained in their use by Pentagon contractors.

Assad had nothing to do with what happened, wrongfully blamed as part of a Trump administration regime change plot to oust him.

Are more US-orchestrated CW false flags likely? Senior Russian Foreign Ministry official in charge of non-proliferation and arms control Mikhail Ulyanov believes so, saying:

"The major threat now is that Syrian militants have made certain they can use chemical weapons, and (US-led) Western (nations) will immediately point their fingers at Damascus."

"Without any investigation, Damascus will be accused of using chemical weapons against its own people. Further (CW false flags) will follow." 

"Qui
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Mattis in Riyadh

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Mattis in Riyadh

by Stephen Lendman

In Riyadh last week, Defense Secretary Mattis said "Iran's destabilizing influence in the Middle East would have to be overcome to end the conflict in Yemen, as the United States weighs increasing support" for Saudi Arabia's war, in its third year, backed by Washington, according to Reuters. 

"(T)he bottom line is we are on the right path," Mattis blustered. No Iranian destabilization exists anywhere. 

He suggested greater US involvement in escalating Yemen's conflict, instead of responsible efforts to end it – taking steps to address what the UN calls the world's severest humanitarian crisis.

Millions face famine conditions. Relentless Saudi terror-bombing continues, including against hospitals, schools, mosques, civilian neighborhoods and other nonmilitary sites.

The death, injury and displacement toll far exceeds official estimates, willfully undercounted to mi
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Russia and America: World’s Apart on Key Issues

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Russia and America: World's Apart on Key Issues

by Stephen Lendman

Trump promised improved relations with Moscow. Bilateral ones are dismal on his watch, US hostility worse than any time in recent memory.

Russia wants peaceful conflict resolution in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Ukraine and elsewhere. Washington wants endless wars, escalating ongoing ones, threatening North Korea and Iran.

Are Russia and China on its target list? Will unthinkable nuclear war erupt on the Korean peninsula, in the Middle East or elsewhere?

Lavrov and Tillerson agreed on launching a joint working group to seek ways of improving bilateral relations, according to Russia's Foreign Ministry.

Moscow is sincere. It's word is its bond. America can never be trusted, saying one thing, doing another consistently on key issues, especially geopolitical ones, notably in relations with sovereign independent nations like Russia and China.

On Friday, Lavrov and Tillerson
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French Presidential Election Results Unpredictable

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
French Presidential Election Results Unpredicatable

by Stephen Lendman

No matter who becomes France's next president, dirty business as usual will likely triumph – like in all US elections, other Western ones and most others elsewhere. Rare exceptions prove the rule.

Last November, choice for Americans was between death by hanging or firing squad. French voters face the same dilemma.

On election eve, over one-fourth of the electorate was undecided, more concerned about jobs and the economy (pocketbook issues) than terrorism.

Many believe presidential aspirants are largely the same each time elections are held, no matter what they say campaigning.

Large numbers may vote with their feet and stay home, or go places other than to polling stations.

Hyperbole about Sunday's election being one of the most consequential in recent times was way overblown. Calling the outcome unpredictable is right. Polls show it's too close to call.&n
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The NYT Lying Machine on Syria

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
The NYT Lying Machine on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Everything it reports about war in Syria is willful deception, disinformation, and Big Lies – what's most important to explain suppressed.

Its articles and commentaries read like US administration and Pentagon press releases, responsible journalism abandoned, fake news replacing it.

The Times: "The Syrian government's response to rebellion, continuing year after year, threatens to normalize levels of state brutality not seen in decades."

Fact: No "rebellion" occurred, no uprising, no revolution.

Fact: Syria was invaded by ISIS and other US-supported terrorists. No "moderate rebels" exist.

Fact: Washington and its rogue allies want its sovereign independence eliminated, pro-Western puppet rule replacing it – no matter the cost in lives lost, chaos and human misery.

The Times: "The…Security Council is paralyzed…Two weeks (after
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Is Another North Korea Nuclear Test Imminent?

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Is Another North Korea Nuclear Test Imminent?

by Stephen Lendman

How will Washington respond if another test is conducted? Is US aggression a real or saber-rattling option?

Last month, Secretary of State Tillerson said "(l)et me be very clear. The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table."

"(I)f (North Korea) elevate(s) the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then, (the option of war is) on the table. (A) comprehensive set of capabilities" is being developed.

Last week in Seoul, South Korea, Vice President Pence repeated Tillerson's warning, adding Pyongyang "would do well not to test (Trump's) resolve."

Any DPRK use of nuclear weapons would be met with "an overwhelming and effective response," he blustered. Trump said US "patience…in this regi
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