NATO: America’s Long Arm

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
NATO: America's Long Arm

by Stephen Lendman

The North Atlantic Alliance became obsolete after Soviet Russia dissolved in 1991 and should have been disbanded.

Instead it expanded, its aim to have members and partners on every continent, serving US imperial interests.

America dominates alliance policy, other member states and partners subservient to its objectives.

In 1989, GHW Bush promised Mikhail Gorbachev NATO wouldn't expand East. It wouldn't encroach on Russia's borders provided Moscow let its former republics become independent.

Another promise made, another broken. Former Russian republics Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are NATO members. 

Other Eastern European ones include Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovenia – tiny Montenegro the latest country pressured to join.

Washington wants all remaining Eastern European nations co-opted to be part of NATO. 

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Disturbing Manchester Blast Aftermath

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Disturbing Manchester Blast Aftermath

by Stephen Lendman

UK police state laws already are some of Europe's most draconian before Monday's Manchester blast, including the 2005 Prevention of Terrorism Act, eviscerating longstanding legal protections. 

Perhaps tougher legislation is coming. Following an emergency meeting, Prime Minister Theresa May acted as expected – elevating Britain's threat level from severe to critical, without explaining the greatest threat is state-sponsored, not from ISIS or other terrorist groups the UK supports.

Claiming another attack "may be imminent" is part of her fear-mongering strategy, an effort to convince Brits they'll be safer by sacrificing fundamental freedoms.

The opposite is true. When government is the enemy of the people, police state authority rules, the way things are in America, Britain, France, elsewhere in Europe and Israel – rogue states claiming to be democratic.

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Resisting Tyranny: A Fundamental Human Right

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Resisting Tyranny: A Fundamental Human Right

by Stephen Lendman

It's arguably the most fundamental human right of all.

America's Declaration of Independence states "whenever any form of government becomes destructive…it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it."

Palestinian resistance is their only way to achieve long sought liberation. Nothing else can work – not Israeli-controlled elections installing puppets like Abbas, not peace talks accomplishing nothing every time initiated.

In its annual report on human rights in Israel and the Occupied Territories, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) said "2016 brought very little good news when it comes to human rights." 

"The wave of violence that has been dubbed the 'intifada of individuals,' which began in the fall of 2015, continued throughout 2016, at varying levels of intensity." 

"Acts of (state
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Trump in Rome

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Trump in Rome

by Stephen Lendman

On Wednesday, he arrived following his Riyadh and Israel visits. He and the pontiff are more alike than dissimilar, despite Vatican pretense.

Papal history isn't pretty. Pontiffs notoriously meddle where they don't belong. Liberation theology supporting social justice is verboten. 

Pope Francis' high-minded rhetoric belies papal tradition, supporting wealth and power interests, paying lip service alone to popular needs and welfare.

The papacy is notoriously ultraconservative. In his book titled "God and His Demons," Michael Parenti exposed the myth of organized religions being above reproach, criticizing Old and New Testament dogma.

He challenged notable religious figures, exposing their dark side. Author John Allen blasted Pope Benedict XVI, saying he "believe(d) the best antidote to political totalitarianism is ecclesial totalitarianism."

He and other pontiffs exerci
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Former CIA Chief Lies to Congress

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Former CIA Chief Lies to Congress

by Stephen Lendman

The alleged Trump-Russia connection is one of the biggest hyped deceptions of our time – nothing suggesting anything improper or criminal by him, his team or Moscow.

Yet accusations persist, yesterday by former CIA director John Brennan before House Intelligence Committee members – an exercise in disinformation, not responsible truth-telling.

As Obama's CIA director, he said it's OK to kill Americans domestically under "extraordinary" circumstances – without further elaboration.

Brennan is a world-class scoundrel, a former crime boss as CIA head. Obama praised "his determination to keep America safe, his commitment to working with Congress, his ability to build relationships with foreign partners, and his fidelity to the values that define us as a nation."

He and his CIA director partnered in criminal activity, including murder and torturing innocent Muslim victims
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Ron Paul and Norm Singleton Praise passage of Arizona “Metals are Money” law

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Feature Article by Ross Trumble

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 23, 2017

Contact: John McCardell, john.mccardell@campaignforliberty.com, 703-865-7162

Ron Paul and Norm Singleton Praise passage of Arizona "Metals are Money" law

SPRINGFIELD, Virginia – Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul and Campaign for Liberty President Norman Singleton issued the following statements regarding the Arizona Legislature's passage — and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's signing — of  HB 2014.

HB 2014 defines gold, silver, and other precious metals as legal tender and exempts them from capital gains taxes, thus allowing Arizona residents to use precious metals instead of Federal Reserve notes.

Dr. Paul testified before the Arizona Senate Finance Committee in support of the bill in March.

"Every supporter of free-markets should cheer Arizona's passage of HB 2014. There is no more justification for forcing individuals to use government-created money than there is for forcing
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THE RISE OF THE SUPERFLUOUS CLASS, PART 1

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Feature Article by Paul Rosenberg
Jay's Bar, my hangout back in the 1990s – through the heady years of the early internet, the cypherpunks, and the all-out gas that was the digital gold economy – seems to be coming back to its glory.

Not into financial glory, you understand. Jay's is a neighborhood bar, with some overlap from downtown; it's never going to be a huge money-maker… which is just fine by me. Jay is mostly retired these days, but his son Michele (mi-KEL-ay) is taking over from him… and ably, I'm pleased to say.

And now, the radicals are returning to Jays. Last time they were technical guys; this time they're coming from what I've occasionally called the "superfluous class." By that I mean people who, through no real fault of their own, have found no place in the modern economy.

Not only are most of the factories gone, but mom-and-pop stores barely exist anymore. And mom and pop's kids don't have many doors opening to them. Ther
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Project ARIZONA News by Jacek Spendel

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Feature Article by Jacek Spendel

WORD FROM DIRECTOR

Dear Project Arizona Friends, 

      With summer knocking on our doors, there is a very interesting time ahead of us. We are in the final phase of Project Arizona but it does not mean we slow down, quite contrary, indeed. Every day brings new fascinating activities. For example, after the ASU classes finished, our amazing students created a weekly Readers' Circle, which they run by themselves, and believe me – it is a true intellectual feast! Last week also brought the first Arizona's Fundraising Reception, which was a truly optimistic event.  Justice Clint Bolick delivered a master speech on provisions for liberty in Arizona's Constitution (VIDEO), and our students shared their experience of living in the Wild West of Liberty (VIDEO). My role was to highlight the history and deep purpose of our endeavor (VIDEO). W
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Trump’s Draconian Budget

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Trump's Draconian Budget

by Stephen Lendman

Supported by congressional hardliners, his agenda is all about benefitting Wall Street, war-profiteers and other corporate predators more than ever – at the expense of America's most vulnerable.

His FY 2018 budget proposes enormous Medicaid and food stamp cuts, along with letting states cut safety net programs on their own.

His plan follows House members passing legislation to cut Medicaid spending by more than $800 billion over the next decade, ending benefits for at least 10 million impoverished Americans, endangering their lives.

Media reports suggest he wants $193 billion cut from the Supplemental Nutrition (food stamp) Assistance Program over the next 10 years, more than a 25% reduction in aid – on top of earlier Obama administration cuts, assuring food insecure households will have to be dependent on charity for much of their sustenance.

Many safety net programs run jointly by Washington
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Trump in Israel

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Trump in Israel

by Stephen Lendman

He arrived at midday, there to pay homage to Zionist extremism. America and Israel partner in regional state terrorism, their axis constituting the greatest threat to world peace.

Israel is in lockdown, thousands of police and other security forces deployed, main roads blocked, activities for Israelis and Palestinians disrupted.

In Bethlehem where Trump and Abbas will meet, a duplicitous banner was displaying, bearing their images, saying "The city of peace welcomes the man of peace." 

Nothing could be further from the truth. US imperial wars rage on Trump's watch, heading for greater escalation than already.

In Jerusalem, billboards state "Trump is a Friend of Zion," and "Trump Make Israel Great." They're located so he'll spot them when his motorcade drives through the city.

After embracing a rogue's gallery of despotic regimes in Riyadh, his  Isr
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