Pentagon Considers Illegally Occupied Syrian Areas US Territory

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Pentagon Considers Illegally Occupied Syrian Areas US Territory

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

Bipartisan hardliners in Washington consider all areas occupied by Pentagon forces virtual US territory, subject to its will under its rules, defying the sovereign rights of nations, fundamental international law, and its own Constitution.

Northern and southern parts of Syrian territory are illegally occupied by US forces, intending to stay indefinitely. More on this below.

Hubris and arrogance, along with contempt for democracy and rule of law principles, define how hegemons operate.

It’s true for the US most of all, the way it’s been since bankers, lawyers, politicians, judges, merchants, planters, and slave owners – a virtual Wall Street crowd – founded the country, installing self-serving leadership. 

Throughout its history, US governance has always been of, by, and for the privileged few alone – true
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China’s Toughness v. Weak-Kneed Russia in Dealing with the US

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
China’s Toughness v. Weak-Kneed Russia in Dealing with the US

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

The only language Washington understands is toughness. The US bullies and bludgeons other nations with impunity because most governments fail to challenge its imperial lawlessness – showing weakness, not strength.

Appeasement is counterproductive and self-defeating. Refusing to tolerate hostile US actions is the only effective response. Nothing else can work.

Diplomacy with Washington accomplishes nothing. Republicans and undemocratic Dems don’t negotiate. They demand. 

They can never be trusted, repeatedly and consistently breaching international law, treaties, conventions, and bilateral agreements – how all hegemonic regimes operate, by their own rules, no others.

The US treats Russia, China, and all other sovereign independent countries as enemies or adversaries, not partners.

It rejects mutual co
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Mike Pompeo: A Profile in Arrogance, Extremism and Thuggishness

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Mike Pompeo: A Profile in Arrogance, Extremism and Thuggishness

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

Neocon extremist Pompeo exceeds the worst of his predecessors as secretary of state – no small achievement. 

He had stiff competition – notably from Henry Kissinger, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. They’re all unindicted war criminals multiple times over, guilty of Nuremberg-level high crimes.

Like Trump and other regime hardliners, Pompeo is hellbent on toppling Iran’s legitimate government – war perhaps inevitable if other tactics fail like every time before, including harsh illegal sanctions no nations and business enterprises should observe.

On Wednesday, Pompeo represented the Trump regime at a Security Council session on Iran. He lied claiming Iran “threatens international peace and security through their continued development and proliferation of ballistic missiles.”

He lied saying Tehran
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Remembering William Blum

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Remembering William Blum

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

Author, historian, former State Department official-turned sharp critic of Washington’s destructive imperial agenda William Blum passed away on December 9 at age 85.

In failing health for some time, his condition deteriorated markedly after a serious fall at home, passing away two months later.

I’m personally indebted to Blum. His books and other writings inspired my own, notably his book titled “Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower.”

It documented Washington’s imperial agenda from 1945 – 2005, explaining how the US  tried or succeeded in toppling over 40 governments worldwide. 

It crushed dozens of popular movements, slaughtering millions of people post-9/11 alone, along with pouring countless trillions down a black hole of waste, fraud and abuse at the expense of vital homeland needs gone begging, erodin
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Macron’s Woefully Inadequate Concessions

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Macron’s Woefully Inadequate Concessions

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

All politicians lie. Believe nothing they say – Macron like all the rest. Rare exceptions prove the rule.

Ignore what politicians say. Follow only what they do. Their policies speak for themselves. Macron is a former Rothschild banker/economy minister beholden to monied interests. His Monday address left his anti-populist agenda unchanged.

He’s well aware of Mayer Amschel Rothschild once explaining that nations are dominated by controlling their money, the key tool in benefitting privileged interests at the expense of ordinary people.

It’s the supreme power above all others. The Fed, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, and central bank to member central banks Bank of International Settlements (BIS) have enormous powers far greater than most people imagine.

They operate like the shadowy world of Mafia dons,
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