PLO/Hamas Detente?

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
PLO/Hamas Detente?
by Stephen Lendman

Reports announced it. Previous efforts failed. We’ve been here, done that several several times before. Is this time different?
It remains to be seen. On April 23, Haaretz headlined “Palestinian factions prepare to implement reconciliation deal.”
Mounib Al-Masri headed Abbas’ negotiating team. “There has been great progress, and we are near ready to sign a deal at 11AM” local time, he said.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zahawiri issued a similar statement. A formal announcement followed. Maan News headlined “PLO/Hamas announce agreement to end political division,” saying:

“PLO and Hamas representatives announced an historic unity deal on Wednesday to bring to an end more than seven years of political division between the main Palestinian political parties.”

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced “the end of years of Palestinian political division in a press conference in Gaza City…&quot
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Kiev Wages Water Wars

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Kiev Wages Water Wars
by Stephen Lendman
Kiev putschists target Crimea. Dnieper River water was halted. North Crimean Canal sluices were closed. They run from the Khakhovka Reservoir to Kersh.
On April 24, The Moscow Times headlined “Water War With Ukraine to Devastate Crimean Harvest,” saying:
It’ll “cost Crimean farmers up to 5 billion rubles ($140 million), according to Russia’s Agricultural Ministry.”
Ag Minister Nikolai Fyodorov said crops “will be partially or fully lost across 120,000 hectares of farmland…” Rice production is hit hardest.
Moscow will partly compensate for losses. Southern Ukrainian Dnieper River water provides over 80% of Crimean water.
It has few readily available internal sources. Earlier in April, Kiev cut water flows from 90 cubic meters per second to seven cubic meters.
It’s the “lowest technically feasible volume,” said The Moscow Times. Kiev’s decision to do so didn’t wash.
It reacted to Russian reunification. It’s inflicting punishment in response. How
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Bloomberg at Harvard

Read more on this subject: Fascism/Corporatism
Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Bloomberg at Harvard
by Stephen Lendman

He’s a multi-billionaire. He made money the old-fashioned way. On March 24, 2014, Forbes ranked him 16th on its World Billionaire List. It estimates his net worth at $33 billion.

He’s founder and 88% owner of Bloomberg LP. It’s a global financial data/media company. He’s a Johns Hopkins/Harvard Business School graduate.

From January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2013, he was New York City mayor. On March 5, Harvard University named him 2014 commencement speaker. It’s scheduled for May 29.

Choosing him follows Harvard tradition. Rare exceptions occur. Last year Oprah Winfrey spoke. She’s an African-American multi-billionaire.

She’s connected to America’s rich and powerful. She promoted Bush’s Iraq war on air. She disgracefully called it a “humanitarian mission.”

She omitted key facts. She sold millions of viewers imperial war. She did so with fabricated reasons. She lied for power. It wasn’t the first time or last.

She app
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More Kerry Bullying, Bluster and Big Lies

Read more on this subject: WAR: About that War
Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
More Kerry Bullying, Bluster and Big Lies
by Stephen Lendman

He’s no diplomat. He’s a world class thug. He mocks legitimacy. He disgraces the office he holds. He represents the worst of America’s dark side.
He’s a serial liar. He’s been caught red-handed lying numerous times before. He’s at it again.
Big Lies infested his Monday Wall Street Journal interview. Truth was nowhere in sight. More on what he said below.

On April 28, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the following:

“Today, in response to Russia’s continued actions in southern and eastern Ukraine, the United States is implementing additional restrictive measures on defense exports to Russia.”
“Accordingly, the Department of State is expanding its export restrictions on technologies and services regulated under the US Munitions List (USML).”

“Effective immediately, the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will deny pending applications for export or re-e
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Obama’s Secret Pipeline

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Feature Article by Marin Katusa
Isn’t it odd that an 800-mile pipeline that runs across environmentally sensitive land has been permitted without any mention in the media? Not a word about it from President Obama either.

Obama’s Secret Pipeline will be built over land that’s much more sensitive than that of the Keystone XL pipeline, which gets nothing but front-page coverage. It will actually be 17% (six inches) larger in diameter than Keystone XL (36 inches) and it will transport natural gas, not oil.
Bill 138
The Senate of Alaska, the state in which the pipeline will be built, has just passed Bill 138, which makes the state a partner of three of the world’s largest oil companies, including one that has a horrible environmental track record on US soil. In a nutshell, Alaska’s government is now partners with BP, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips.
Only one more signature is required—Governor Sean Parnell’s—and it’s expected that he will sign the deal.
Not Even the US Government Wants US Dollars
For more than 100
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Israeli Independence Produced Nakba Suffering

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Israeli Independence Produced Nakba Suffering
by Stephen Lendman

Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) commemorates Israel’s May 1948 Declaration of Independence.

It’s celebrated annually on 5th of Iyar. It’s according to the Hebrew calendar. It’s preceded by Yom Hazikaron. It remembers fallen Israeli soldiers. It’s Israel’s Memorial Day.

Palestinians have reason to mourn. Edward Said explained Palestine’s “holocaust,” saying:

“Every human calamity is different, but there is value in seeing analogies and perhaps hidden similarities.”
He called Nazi extermination “the lowest point of (Jewish) collective existence.”
Palestinians today “are as powerless as Jews were” under Hitler,, he explained. They’re devastated by “power used for evil purposes.”
Ilan Pappe discussed Palestine’s ethnic cleansing. He explained war without mercy.
He did so in exhaustive detail. He obtained previously suppressed documents. He explained what
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