Belarusian President Lukashenko Sworn Into Office

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Belarusian President Lukashenko Sworn Into Office

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

On August 9, incumbent Belarusian President Lukashenko was legitimately reelected by a near-62% majority, a landslide by any standard — his closest rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya receiving only 25% support.

He won. She lost, nothing illegitimate about the results — other than the unnecessary artificially inflated margin of victory to an 80% – 10% victory margin.

On Wednesday, Lukashenko was sworn into office ahead of schedule because of made-in-the-USA street protests that continue.

According to the Belarus Telegraph Agency, “members of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic, heads of government bodies and organizations, local executive and executive bodies, the national media, scientists, figures of culture and sports” attended the inaugural ceremony in Minsk’s Palace of Independence.

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Russia Intends Military Cooperation When UN Arms Embargo Expires

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Russia Intends Military Cooperation with Iran When UN Arms Embargo Expires

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

On issues related to the JCPOA nuclear deal and expiring UN arms embargo on Iran next month, the Trump regime is isolated on the world stage.

Commenting on its unlawful imposition of what it called “snapback” sanctions on Iran, its  Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh explained the following:

Nothing in the JCPOA or Security Council Res. 2231 affirming the landmark agreement refers to snapback or a trigger mechanism.

This terminology is a made-in-the USA “forgery…What is stated in the resolution and in the JCPOA is the ‘dispute resolution mechanism.’ ”

Trump regime “maximum pressure” and related actions have no legal standing.

Khatibzadeh stressed that Trump’s America first motto became “America only,” a self-defeatist policy ov
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Putin’s Straight Talk UN Address

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Putin’s Straight Talk UN Address

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

In stark contrast to duplicitous Western politicians, notable US ones, especially its White House incumbent, Putin’s remarks feature straight talk, saying what he means and meaning what he says.

Always refreshingly straightforward, what he says is important to hear.

On Tuesday, during the UN’s 75th anniversary year, he delivered a pre-recorded address to the General Assembly, some of its highlights below.

Noting the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 at an enormous cost in vast destruction, loss of human lives and suffering, Putin stressed that the post-war world order was built on the UN Charter’s foundation.

Representing core post-WW II international law, it’s repeatedly breached by the US, its imperial partners, and Israel in pursuit of their imperial agendas.

Russia operates by a higher standard, supporting world peace, s
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NYT Putin Bashing Rears its Ugly Head Again

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NYT Putin Bashing Rears its Ugly Head Again

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Times bashing of targeted nations and their leaders features a litany of bald-faced Big Lies. 

It includes state-approved propaganda, not journalism the way it’s supposed to be, what the self-styled newspaper of record long ago abandoned, notably on geopolitical issues.

On Tuesday, Times editors used the following attention-grabbing fake news headline, saying:

“Vladimir Putin Thinks He Can Get Away With Anything (sic).” A litany of bald-faced Big Lies followed.

“It is now an established fact (sic), confirmed by laboratories in Germany, France and Sweden (sic), that Alexey Navalny was poisoned with (a) novichok nerve agent (sic).”

False! Whatever happened to Navalny wasn’t from novichok, what Times editors and their establishment media counterparts know but pretend otherwise.

Claims by German
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Navalny Incident a US Plot to Block Nord Stream 2’s Completion?

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Worlds Apart UN Addresses by China’s Xi Jinping and Trump

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Xi’s remarks displayed statesmanship and diplomatic outreach to the world community in stark contrast to Trump’s bombast, bravado, Big Lies, and mass deception, wrapped in the American flag — like all his addresses.

Without mentioning the US by name at a time of greatly deteriorated bilateral relations because of the Trump regime’s war on China by other means, Xi stressed the following:

“No country has the right to dominate global affairs, control the destiny of others, or keep advantages in development all to itself.”

He stressed that “(r)elations among countries and coordination of their interests must only be based on rules and institutions.”

“They must not be lorded over by those who wave a strong fist at others.”

China seeks cooperative relations with other nat
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Worlds Apart UN Addresses by China’s Xi Jinping and Trump

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Worlds Apart UN Addresses by China’s Xi Jinping and Trump

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Xi’s remarks displayed statesmanship and diplomatic outreach to the world community in stark contrast to Trump’s bombast, bravado, Big Lies, and mass deception, wrapped in the American flag — like all his addresses.

Without mentioning the US by name at a time of greatly deteriorated bilateral relations because of the Trump regime’s war on China by other means, Xi stressed the following:

“No country has the right to dominate global affairs, control the destiny of others, or keep advantages in development all to itself.”

He stressed that “(r)elations among countries and coordination of their interests must only be based on rules and institutions.”

“They must not be lorded over by those who wave a strong fist at others.”

China seeks cooperative relations with other nat
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JCPOA Very Much Alive, US a Laughing Stock, Says Iran’s Zarif

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JCPOA Very Much Alive, US a Global Laughing Stock, Says Iran’s Zarif

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Via Twitter, Iranian Foreign Minister called Trump’s MAGA “a global laughing stock” because “pathological lying…mythomaniac Pompeo lives in his own “parallel universe.”

Separately during an interview with the establishment Council on Foreign Relations, Zarif stressed that the JCPOA is “very much alive” despite Trump regime efforts to kill it, adding:

The Security Council overwhelmingly showed the US (to be) “isolated in the world” on this issue.

The Trump regime “used power politics, used bullying in a (futile attempt) to destroy the deal.” 

“Now (Biden/Harris want) to use bullying to come back to the deal. So bullying” remains official US policy no matter which wing of the one-party state controls things.

“I want to
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Trump Regime Further Escalates War on Iran by Other Means

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Trump Regime Further Escalates War on Iran by Other Means

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Both right wings of the US war party tolerate no nations unwilling to subordinate their sovereign rights to its interests — even at the expense of their own.

Longstanding US geopolitical policy is all about seeking control over other nations by whatever it takes to achieve its objectives — wars by hot and other means its favored strategy.

Iran is Washington’s No. one target in the energy-rich Middle East, seeking control over its world’s third and second largest oil and natural gas reserves respectively.

US hostility toward Iran is also about wanting Israel’s main regional rival neutralized. 

Unilaterally imposed US sanctions on targeted nations are weapons of war by other means.

They have no legal validity. Security Council members alone may lawfully impose them, not individual nations o
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