Comey’s Upcoming Senate Testimony Much Ado About Nothing

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Comey's Upcoming Senate Testimony Much Ado About Nothing

by Stephen Lendman

He'll testify in open Senate hearing about investigations into nonexistent Russia US election hacking and alleged improper Trump team connections to Russia.

Months of investigations found nothing – so what is there for Comey to explain? Democrats, media scoundrels and Republicans want Trump weakened, delegitimized and ousted from office.

Comey is a prop toward this objective, wanting him used to advance Trump's political demise, heading like a moving train in this direction.

His testimony is scheduled after the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R. NC), saying:

"The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the Amer
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Russian Special Forces in Syria

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Russian Special Forces in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

They've been active since Russia began combating terrorism in the country in September 2015 – greatly aiding Syrian and allied ground forces turn the tide of battle in many areas.

They're mainly involved in directing Russian aircraft to targets, according to General Alexander Dvornikov, commander of Moscow's Syria campaign.

Last year, he said "I am not going to conceal the fact that our (elite Spetsnaz) special operations forces (KSO) are working in the territory of Syria. They are doing reconnaissance checks prior to the Russian air strikes, heading the planes to targets in remote regions as well as fulfilling other special tasks."

They help "their Syrian colleagues plan and conduct" anti-terrorist operations, along with teaching them how to use Russian weapons.

They operate legally along with Russian aerial operations at the request of Assad's government.

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Trump’s Fawning Address in Israel

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Trump's Fawning Address in Israel

by Stephen Lendman

It made disturbing listening and reading from the transcript. He "reaffirm(ed) the unshakable bond between the United States and Israel" – unshakably partnered in high crimes of war and against humanity he failed to explain.

Sounding like Netanyahu, he said "(t)he ties of the Jewish people to this holy land are ancient and eternal."

"Israel is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people" – at the expense of millions of brutalized Palestinians and harm done to regional states.

"My administration will always stand with Israel," he blustered. "Through your hardships, you have created one of the most abundant lands in the world."

It's been unaccountable throughout its sordid history because of US-led Western support, getting away with slow-motion genocide for decades.

Trump: "While evil forces seeks to kill innoc
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ISIS Claiming Responsibility for Manchester Blast Is Likely Baloney

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
ISIS Claiming Responsibility for Manchester Blast Is Likely Baloney

by Stephen Lendman

Announcements are one thing, reality another. Like America, France, Israel, the Saudis and other regional rogue states, Britain supports ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups.

Why would one of their own bite the hand feeding it? These groups can't exist without foreign support. 

The Amaq news outlet allegedly linked to ISIS, claiming one of its members carried out Monday's attack is meaningless without corroborating evidence entirely lacking.

A statement without attribution could be made by anyone. Manchester police blaming a suicide bomber for what happened presented no proof. 

If the person or persons responsible for what happened perished, no tales will be told other than the official account.

The alleged ISIS statement of responsibility, saying the attack was "in response to…transgressions against the lands of the Musli
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Russian Forces in Southern Syria

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Russian Forces in Southern Syria

by Stephen Lendman

In response to US terror-bombing Syrian and allied forces last Thursday near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, along with reports of a possible US-orchestrated southern invasion,  Russian paratroopers and special forces were deployed to Dara'a and Sweida provinces.

They'll aid government and allied troops defend against possible southern Syria aggression – fortifying border areas with Jordan and Iraq, perhaps engaging enemy forces if necessary.

Their presence sends a message to Washington, showing added Moscow resolve to combat terrorism, along with respecting Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Unverified reports suggested Russia plans a military base near Jordan's border. US warplanes attacked Syrian and allied forces last week to prevent their securing control over southern border areas.

Involvement of Russian forces helps achieve this objective. Protected by air c
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Manchester Blast: Terrorism or False Flag?

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Manchester Blast: Terrorism or False Flag?

by Stephen Lendman

Though too early to know what's behind it, the incident's timing raises suspicions.

It comes two-and-a-half weeks before UK June 8 snap elections. A Sunday Times YouGov poll showed Tory leader Theresa May's lead over Labour's Jeremy Corbyn at nine points, half her last week's advantage, enough time left perhaps to further shrink it sufficiently to make for a close race. 

Other polls show Corbyn gaining at May's expense. Labour's social justice manifesto contrasts markedly with Tory indifference to human needs.

The party is noticeably on the defensive over plans for elderly Brits to pay for home care for the first time. Some observers say it's the largest stealth tax in UK history.

A People's Assembly anti-austerity group launched a billboard campaign in battleground areas, displaying May's image, saying:

"I am a threat to your
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Palestine Burns While Trump Lauds Zionist Extremism

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Palestine Burns While Trump Lauds Zionist Extremism

by Stephen Lendman

Palestine is a virtual open-air prison, besieged Gaza worst of all, Trump oblivious and uncaring about deplorable conditions. More on this below.

Together with Netanyahu in Jerusalem, he "reaffirmed the unbreakable bond of friendship between Israel and the United States…built on our shared love of freedom, our shared belief in human dignity, and our shared hope for…Israel to have peace."

Fact: America and Israel deplore peace and stability, partnering in endless wars, seeking unchallenged dominance, wanting the Middle East map redrawn to their advantage, eliminating Syrian and Iranian sovereign independence, keeping Palestinians subjugated under occupation harshness.

Trump: "(W)e must (defeat) the evils of terrorism and…threat of an Iranian regime that is threatening the region and causing so much violence and suffering."

Fact: Iran a
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Anti-Trump Accusations Persist While He’s Abroad

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Anti-Trump Accusations Persist While He's Abroad

by Stephen Lendman

The one issue dominating all others in Washington is the plot to denigrate, weaken, and delegitimize Trump, dark forces wanting him ousted.

The NYT discussed a House committee involved in investigating nonexistent Russian US election hacking, claiming "a near-daily barrage of new details," failing to explain no evidence indicates any hacking occurred.

On Tuesday, Obama's CIA director John Brennan is scheduled to testify. In December, he said "there is strong consensus (in the intelligence community) on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election" – even though there was none.

In Tuesday testimony, he'll repeat the Big Lie, earlier claiming Russia worked to elect Trump. Former DNI James Clapper disagrees, telling Senate Intelligence Committee members "we did not see evidence of the Russians altering vote tallie
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North Korea Acts of Self-Defense

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
North Korea Acts of Self-Defense

by Stephen Lendman

When America or Israel test nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction, the international community and Western media silence is deafening.

These countries and their rogue allies constitute the greatest threat to world peace – yet are unthreatened by anyone. 

Claims otherwise represent fear-mongering to justify the unjustifiable, including out-of-control militarism and belligerence, notably ongoing wars of aggression in multiple theaters.

North Korea is hugely threatened by America's rage for regional and global dominance. Its nuclear and ballistic missile programs are solely defensive, fearing possible US naked aggression, threatening its existence as a sovereign state.

Yet each time it tests weapons America, East Asia countries and others call unacceptable, criticism and threats follow.

In response to Pyongyang's Sunday ballistic missile test, a May 23 Security Council
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America: Serial Aggressor, Sponsor of Global Terrorism

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
America: Serial Aggressor, Sponsor of Global Terrorism

by Stephen Lendman

Trump's Sunday Muslim world address in Riyadh, portraying America as a force to stamp out terrorist extremism belies its diabolical imperial agenda, supporting this scourge, aiming for unchallenged global dominance no matter the human cost.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi blasted Washington, saying "under the hostile and aggressive policies of the American statesmen, we are witnessing a renewed strengthening of terrorist groups in the region and miscalculation of the dictatorships which support these groups."

A photo-op of Trump, Saudi King Salman, and Egyptian despot Fattah el-Sisi touching a glowing orb to inaugurate a farcical Riyadh "anti-extremism" center was justifiably ridiculed on social media.

The three leaders support terrorism. Riyadh's Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology reflects subterfuge to conceal their
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