Rage in Rio

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Rage in Rio

by Stephen Lendman

Held during dire economic times amidst massive corruption scandals, the Rio 2016 XXXI Olympiad began with a bang, its flamboyant opening ceremony blackened by justifiable street rage.

Sponsored by an illegitimate US-supported coup d’etat regime, the event’s dark side was exposed before competition began.

Russia’s entire track and field team was unfairly banned. Washington’s failed attempt to have all its athletes excluded over doping allegations against some showed the politicization of Olympic competition. At its best, it’s more spectacle than sport.

Police attacked hundreds of protesters near Maracana Stadium, site of Thursday night’s opening ceremony. They expressed justifiable anger against a coup d’etat regime, rife with corruption, attacking social justice, force-feeding neoliberal harshness, serving Brazil’s monied interests at the expense of most others.

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The New York Times v. Trump

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
The New York Times v. Trump

by Stephen Lendman

The Times one-sidedly supports Hillary, a virtual monster I’ve described in the most unflattering, honest, no-holds-barred terms.

At the same time, it’s leading an anti-Trump jihad, its front page a daily blizzard of disparaging articles – blasting whatever he does or doesn’t do, blowing things way out of proportion to denigrate him while ignoring Hillary’s high crimes.

It wants him defeated, Hillary elevated to the nation’s highest office by hook or crook, as they say. Trump is right fearing election rigging, a longstanding US tradition.

Things look arranged to quash his chance to become president – even current and former high-profile Republicans enlisted against him.

It’s one thing to take him to task on important issues, not a meaningless dustup between him and the father of a fallen US soldier, belaboring it for days, a convenient pretext to bash him.

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America’s $43 Million Afghan Gas Station

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
America’s $43 Million Afghan Gas Station

by Stephen Lendman

Remember earlier reports about $7,600 coffee makers, $640 toilet seats, $436 dollar hammers and numerous other US military items, including hugely overpriced weapons systems, some for ones never used or don’t work.

The Pentagon is a notorious sinkhole of waste, fraud and abuse. Trillions of dollars are unaccounted for. Oversight is entirely lacking. America’s war machine does what it pleases.

Since 1996, the Defense Department was never held accountable for over $8.5 trillion. Sweetheart deals, bribes and kickbacks are commonplace. So is routine over-billing.

DOD has a virtual blank check. Operations are rife with waste and fraud. Abuses go undiscovered for years, accountability entirely absent. Defense contractors cash in hugely – at taxpayers expense.

It doesn’t surprise to hear about another boondoggle – a US built Afghan natural gas station costing around $43
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Republican Buffoons Have Handed the Nomination to Hillary; Let’s Examine Her Record

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Feature Article by Ivan Eland
Although given that her track record during the two years that she was in charge of the country was disastrous, if re-elected, she probably wouldn't be any worse at being president than George W. Bush. Of course, that is damning her by very faint praise. Nevertheless, Hillary deserved better than the abuse and demagoguery she got at the Benghazi hearing in the House of Representatives.

Before people think that I learned American history in a parallel universe or at least at the University of Mars, I should clarify my previous text. Conventional wisdom is that the United States has never had a female leader, which is just not true. During the almost year-and-a-half from October 1919, when then-President Woodrow Wilson had an incapacitating stroke, to March 1921, when his second term expired, his wife, the un-elected Edith Wilson, secretly ran the country. The reins of power should have passed to the vice president, but Mrs. Wilson hid the extent of the president's medical deb
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Baghdad OKs Russia Bombing ISIS in Iraq

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Baghdad OKs Russia Bombing ISIS in Iraq

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article cited the Turkish Anadolu (News) Agency, saying Baghdad authorized Russia to bomb ISIS elements crossing from Syria into Iraq, according to its parliamentary security and defense committee chief, Hakem al-Zameli.

He confirmed it, saying "Iraq agreed with Russia, which leads the (Baghdad-based intelligence sharing) joint data center, to hit the ISIL militants heading from Syria into Iraq" – despite Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph ("Fighting Joe") Dunford warning Iraqi officials not to permit it, during his hurried trip to confer with them last week, saying they may lose so-called US aid, the kind letting ISIS capture and control large parts of the country.

Russia's intervention in Syria and now Iraq changes things dramatically in the region and potentially globally – challenging Washington's imperial agenda significantly for the first time, throwing it into
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Assad Agrees to Snap Elections

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Assad Agrees to Snap Elections

by Stephen Lendman

He agreed to them earlier and again now, parliamentary and presidential ones, despite his overwhelming June 2014 reelection, a process independent monitors called open, free and fair.

Russian Communist party MP Alexander Yushchenko is visiting Syria "as part of a delegation of Russian parliamentarians with a humanitarian mission," bringing food and medicines for children, according to Tass.

Assad expressed willingness to hold snap elections with "all political forces that want Syria's prosperity," as well as consider constitutional changes, said Yushchenko – "after the victory over terrorism on the territory of Syria and the country's liberation," Assad explained.

"(T)he struggle against terrorism will lay the basis for a new and fair world based on sovereignty and cooperation," he stressed.

Yushchenko said Russian delegates "expressed the pos
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Is Jordan Switching Sides?

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Is Jordan Switching Sides?

by Stephen Lendman

On Friday, Sputnik News, RT International, the Jordan Times and Reuters said Russian and Jordanian officials agreed to establish a "special working mechanism" to share information on counterterrorism operations in Syria. 

"Under an agreement between His Majesty King Abdullah II and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, the militaries of the two countries have agreed to coordinate their actions, including military aircraft missions over the Syrian territory," Sergey Lavrov explained. He urged other nations to join their coalition against a common enemy.

Jordan's communications minister Mohammad Momani said "military cooperation…between (both countries) concerns southern Syria and aims to ensure security of the Kingdom's northern frontier."

"Jordan remains an active member of the international coalition fighting the Da'esh terror group." Coordi
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Israel Redefines Terrorism

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Israel Redefines Terrorism

by Stephen Lendman

Rogue states make their own rules, mindless of inviolable international laws, norms and standards. On October 19, Israel's repressive counter-terrorism bill passed its 2nd and 3rd readings – criminalizing legitimate resistance as terrorism, expanding regime authority to counter it extrajudicially.

Any activity can now be called terrorism or terrorist-related, innocent Palestinians subject to possible longterm imprisonment. Charity officials providing aid to anyone linked to or associated with Hamas or legitimate resistance groups can be arrested, charged and prosecuted.

Children wearing clothing bearing the Hamas name face arrest, detention, and grueling interrogations amounting to torture. The law authorizes Big Brother surveillance, more intrusive than already, replicating how the NSA operates, monitoring all phone and online communications.

Israeli Law Professor Yael Berda called the measure "s
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Obama Rejects Fighting Terrorism

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Obama Rejects Fighting Terrorism 

by Stephen Lendman

His actions say it all. In over a year of bombing, US warplanes struck zero Syrian and Iraqi terrorist targets – none. It's unsurprising he rejected Putin's offer to cooperate in fighting ISIS and other terrorist groups.

On Saturday, Sergey Lavrov said the following:

"We are ready to back the patriotic opposition, including the so-called Free Syrian Army, with our air support (in jointly fighting ISIS and other terrorist groups)." 

"However, Washington is refusing to inform us of the locations of the terrorists and where the opposition is based. The most important thing for us is to find people who will be true representatives of the armed groups who will confront terrorism among other things (serving the interests of Syrian people, not foreign powers)."

Russia is "the only country…support(ing) all political forces in Syria (concerned about ma
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Kerry and Abbas Conspire Against Palestinians

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Kerry and Abbas Conspire Against Palestinians

by Stephen Lendman

Abbas is a longtime Israeli collaborator. Washington one-sidedly supports Israeli interests, including decades of ruthless occupation harshness.

Whenever Kerry shows up anywhere, especially in the Middle East, he's always up to no good. His current trip took him to Berlin (meeting with Netanyahu while there) and Amman, meeting with Jordanian officials and Abbas, plotting ways to betray Palestinians again, urging calm at the expense of their interests.

On Saturday, he "strongly condemn(ed) (Palestinian) terrorist attacks against innocent civilians," ignoring Washington's full support for ongoing Israeli instigated violence.

He'll conclude his trip in Riyadh for talks with King Salman, likely plotting how to counter Russia's effective intervention in Syria, stymied on ways to do it.

Meanwhile, the death and injury toll in Palestine keeps rising, getting sho
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