UN Gaza War Inquiry: Legitimate or Whitewash?

UN Gaza War Inquiry: Legitimate or Whitewash? by Stephen Lendman On November 10, the UN Media Center headlined "Gaza: Ban forms independent panel to investigate recent conflict," saying: An "internal inquiry aim(s) (to review) 'certain incidents' reported at United Nations facilities in the Gaza Strip during the recent summer conflict there between Palestinian factions and... Continue Reading →

Obama at APEC

Obama at APEC by Stephen Lendman China and Russia offer carrots, not sticks. Obama is polar opposite. Couched in duplicitous diplomatic rhetoric. "It is wonderful to be back in China," he said. His sixth trip as president. Second this year.  Shamelessly calling America "a thoroughly Pacific nation." Code language for wanting it to be its... Continue Reading →

Sabotaging P5+1 Talks

Sabotaging P5+1 Talks by Stephen Lendman They've been ongoing interminably. Reaching a November 2013 interim agreement. Longstanding US/Israeli hardline policy remains unchanged. Sanctions Iran wants removed remain in place. New ones were irresponsibly imposed.  By Washington earlier. Unilaterally. By executive order. Circumventing Congress. Violating Geneva's letter and sprit. EU countries just adding their own. Against... Continue Reading →

Putin Prioritizes Strong Sino/Russian Ties

Putin Prioritizes Strong Sino/Russian Ties by Stephen Lendman On November 10, Putin addressed Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum members. Calling Russia's participation strategically important. Intending expanded cooperation. Through increased trade and investment incentives. "The twenty-first century has already been called 'the Pacific century,' " he said. "Russia must make use of the competitive advantages offered... Continue Reading →

Israel Plans Annexing West Bank Territory

Israel Plans Annexing West Bank Territory by Stephen Lendman International law is clear and unequivocal. Settlements and regional councils are brazenly illegal.  So are West Bank/East Jerusalem closed military zones, no-go areas, nature reserves, national parks, Separation Wall land expropriation, free-firing zones, commercial locations, Jews only roads, checkpoints, other barriers, and other exclusively Jewish areas.... Continue Reading →

Netanyahu Vows Zero Tolerance

Netanyahu Vows Zero Tolerance by Stephen Lendman Sharonian evil defines him. Unrestrained state terror. Against defenseless Palestinian civilians. Peaceful protesters. Maliciously claiming they call for Israel's destruction. More on what he said below. On Sunday, Environmental Minister Amir Peretz resigned. Saying Israel undertook "an earthquake in all fields - diplomatic, social and financial." Netanyahu acted... Continue Reading →

Lavrov and Kerry in Beijing

Lavrov v. Kerry in Beijing by Stephen Lendman Both officials met on the APEC summit sidelines. It bears repeating what earlier articles stressed. Lavrov is a world-class diplomat. A model foreign secretary. Working tirelessly for world peace and stability. Kerry shames the office he holds. Illegitimate and then some. A serial liar. Unfit to serve.... Continue Reading →

Stop the Wall Activism

Stop the Wall Activism by Stephen Lendman On November 9, 1989, Berliners began demolishing the wall separating East from West. More on commemorations marking its 25th anniversary below. Palestinians face their own repression. Israel's Separation Wall one of many ways. Ruled illegal by the International Criminal Court (ICJ). Calling for it to be dismantled. Reparations... Continue Reading →

Loretta Lynch for AG: Holder 2.0?

Loretta Lynch for AG: Holder 2.0? by Stephen Lendman On November 7, a White House press release announced her appointment for Attorney General. Succeding Eric Holder. Calling her a "strong, independent prosecutor who twice led one of the most important US Attorney's Offices in the country." Obama called her perhaps "the only lawyer in America... Continue Reading →

Mission Creep in Iraq

Mission Creep in Iraq by Stephen Lendman Ominous Vietnam War echoes. On November 7, a Department of Defense news release said in part: "The commander in chief has authorized Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to deploy to Iraq up to 1,500 additional US personnel over the coming months, in a non-combat role, to expand our... Continue Reading →

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