Trump’s Deal of the Century Serves US/Israeli Interests Exclusively

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Trump’s Deal of the Century Serves US/Israeli Interests Exclusively

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

The Trump regime’s so-called Middle East Peace to Prosperity plan has nothing to do with peace, nothing to do with resolving irreconcilable Israeli/Palestinian differences — everything to do with serving US/Israeli interests at their expense.

The so-called “deal of the century” ignores their fundamental rights, affirmed under international law — what they’ve been denied since the infamous 1917 Balfour Declaration.

Calling for establishment of a nation for Jews (on stolen Palestinian land) was a high crime against humanity.

Endless conflict, occupation, dispossession, and repression, along with social and cultural fragmentation define conditions for beleaguered Palestinians – over 100 years of suffering, no end of it in sight, the world community dismissive of their rights.

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Scores of Chinese Enterprises Blacklisted by Trump Regime

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Scores of Chinese Enterprises Blacklisted by Trump Regime

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

Make no mistake. The US considers China a strategic adversary, why its policies toward the country are hostile.

Waging war on the China by other means makes reconciling major bilateral differences all the harder.

According to a US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) document, 143 tech-related Chinese enterprises have been blacklisted from the US market.

They include companies involved in producing aviation related products, semiconductors, engineering, as well as other high-tech products and components.

Falsely claiming these enterprises act “contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States” is cover for wanting corporate America to have a leg up on Chinese competition.

On Friday, the BIS added five more Chinese tech enterprises to its blacklist,
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Trump Regime Waging Cyberwar on Iran

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Trump Regime Waging Cyberwar on Iran

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

The Trump regime is waging all-out war on Iran by other means. Short of turning hot so far, the risk of going this far is ominously real.

Longstanding US plans call for toppling its government. Last week, things came perilously close to Trump ordering attacks on Iranian targets, virtually assuring a strong response if this happens ahead.

Trump saying on Saturday that he wants to be Iran’s “best friend…when they agree (not) to have a nuclear weapon” its ruling authorities never sought and don’t want belies his extreme hostility toward the country and its people by his malign actions.

On Thursday after Iran downed a Pentagon spy drone, provocatively in its airspace after ignoring multiple warnings to leave, the Pentagon’s Cyber Command disabled Iranian military command and control computer systems, its missile control system
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Illegal US Sanctions Unrelated to an Iranian Nuclear Threat

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Illegal US Sanctions Unrelated to an Iranian Nuclear Threat

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

Trump falsely claimed US sanctions aim to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons it doesn’t have, seek, and wants eliminated everywhere. More on his latest remarks below.

Tehran’s nuclear program is entirely legal, fully complying with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and JCPOA provisions.

The US and Israel are nuclear outlaws for breaching the NPT, a treaty the Jewish state refuses to sign, maintaining secrecy about its illegal nuke program.

The US and other Western states fail to act against it, while criticizing Iran’s nonexistent aim to develop nukes — one of many examples of their double standard hypocrisy.

Days earlier, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said its uranium enrichment could increase up to 20% — far below the 90% level required for wea
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Russia Helping Iran Circumvent Illegal US Sanctions

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Russia Helping Iran Circumvent Illegal US Sanctions

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

Unilaterally imposed US sanctions against other nations have no legal validity. They’re used against governments unwilling to subordinate their sovereign rights to its interests.

Washington uses them as weapons of war by other means against nations on its target list for regime change.

In 1996, the Vienna-based International Progress Organization called sanctions “an illegitimate form of collective punishment of the weakest and poorest members of society, the infants, the children, the chronically ill, and the elderly.”

When unilaterally imposed, they violate Chapter VII of the UN Charter, authorizing the Security Council alone to intervene against member states to restore peace, stability and security.

Its members alone may impose sanctions on member states, their entities or individuals — not heads of state,
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How Close Was the Trump Regime to Waging War on Iran?

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
How Close Was the Trump Regime to Waging War on Iran?

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

From Harry Truman’s aggression on North Korea to post-9/11 preemptive US wars, US ruling authorities acted with coalition of the willing partners — in lieu of going it alone.

World community opposition gives Washington pause about attacking another nation unilaterally, what so far appears to be a restraint against Trump OKing war on Iran Pompeo and especially Bolton urge.

Following incidents in the Gulf of Oman last week and regional waters in May, along with Iran downing a hostile US drone intrusion in its airspace, Trump threatened to attack the Islamic Republic.

He then stepped back, calling off what could have opened the gates of hell to all-out war, potentially devastating the country, its people and region.

The possibility of things going this far prompted a global alarm from the world community, including from
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Trump Concerned About Loss of Lives in Iran?

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Trump Concerned About Loss of Lives in Iran?

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

Via Twitter on Friday, Trump said the Pentagon on his order was “cocked & loaded” to strike three Iranian sites in response to the downing of a US spy drone.

Falsely claiming it was in international airspace, he OK’d a strike on three Iranian sites, saying he called it off because he was told it would cause about 150 deaths.

Airstrikes kill and injure countless numbers of combatants and civilians in harm’s way.

Trump’s record in office shows utter disdain for human lives, rights and welfare. His approved rape and destruction of Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria alone were responsible for tens of thousands of deaths, countless more injuries.

Since taking office, he escalated war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia, along with waging war by other means on Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.

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Media Hostility Toward Iran Sells US Belligerence

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Media Hostility Toward Iran Sells US Belligerence

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

Recklessly dangerous hostility toward Iran by US media, bipartisan hardliners in Washington, Israel, and its Lobby has things heading toward possible war on the country if efforts aren’t made to step back from the brink.

Instead they’re going in the opposite direction based on bald-faced Big Lies and deception about a country at peace with other nations, threatening none.

Iran’s agenda is polar opposite how the US and its imperial partners operate, supported and encouraged by establishment media, vilifying nations on the US target list for regime change.

The Islamic Republic has been a prime target since its 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US-imposed fascist dictatorship.

Establishment media long ago abandoned fundamental journalistic principles, instead serving as press agents for wealth, power and privilege &m
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Trump Threatens to Attack Iran, Then Pulls Back

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Trump Threatens to Attack Iran, Then Pulls Back

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

Days after calling last week’s Gulf of Oman incident “very minor,” stepping back from possible war on Iran, Trump called its downing of a US spy drone (in its own airspace he failed to explain) “a very big mistake.” 

Responding to whether he’ll order a strike on the country in retaliation against what was a hostile US act, he ominously said: “You’ll soon find out” — a worrisome sign.

Attacking Iran would be “a very big mistake,” a nation able to hit back hard against an aggressor and disrupt oil shipments through the Gulf of Hormuz if its own are blocked.

By letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Iranian UN envoy Majid Takht-e Ravanchi condemned the provocative intrusion of a US spy plane in its airspace, saying the following:

“Iran condemns, in the stronge
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Deteriorating US/Turkey Relations

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Deteriorating US/Turkey Relations

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

US/Ankara relations have been on a downward trajectory since its ruling authorities refused to let the Bush/Cheney regime use Turkey’s Incirlik airbase during its preemptive war on Iraq based on Big Lies and deception like all wars of aggression. 

Things worsened after the failed July 2016 military coup attempt  to topple President Erdogan.

He blamed exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, living in Pennsylvania, a figure the White House refuses to extradite to Turkey. No evidence suggests his involvement in what happened.

Erdogan is also furious about US support for Kurdish YPG fighters in northern Syria. Earlier his chief advisor Yalcin Topcu said “(i)t is time to reconsider our membership in NATO,” adding:

“We do not need an organization that displays in every possible way its hostile attitude towards its member. The issue o
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