Author Archives: Stephen Lendman

Trump: America’s latest warrior president

Trump’s first month in office proved nothing he said campaigning holds water. All politicians lie, saying whatever it takes to get elected, doing whatever they please once in office. Continue reading

Western Russophobia

Russia is stereotypically portrayed in the West as the world’s leading bad guy. Continue reading

US imperial lawlessness

Oxford Dictionaries call rogue states “nations or states regarded as breaking international law and posing a threat to the security of other nations.” Continue reading

Trump praises rogue state Israel

During a White House press conference with Netanyahu, Trump turned truth on its head, calling Israel “a symbol to the world of resilience in the face of oppression.” Continue reading

Veterans again stand for Standing Rock

Last November, over 1,000 US veterans supported Standing Rock Sioux tribe members, putting their bodies on the line as human shields. Continue reading

Nuclear madness

As long as these weapons exist, one day they’ll likely be used with devastating effects, risking almost certain doom or close to it. Continue reading

Trump’s FCC chairman threatens Net Neutrality

With major media featuring fake news, Net Neutrality is key to keeping the Internet free and open, letting users access all content without restrictions, limitations, or discrimination, an online level playing field for everyone. Continue reading

Neocon Elliott Abrams for deputy secretary of state?

Trump is considering Elliott Abrams for the department’s number two position—perhaps an especially powerful one while Rex Tillerson transitions from Big Oil to diplomacy. Continue reading

Betsy DeVos confirmed as education secretary

Long ago, inner city kids like myself had wonderful public schools with dedicated teachers, preparing us for higher education when even top colleges and universities were affordable. Continue reading

Torture prison head named deputy CIA director

On Thursday, Trump named Gina Haspel his deputy CIA director, agency head Mike Pompeo, saying: “Gina is an exemplary intelligence officer and a devoted patriot who brings more than 30 years of agency experience to the job. She is also a proven leader with an uncanny ability to get things done and to inspire those around her.” Continue reading

Trump picks Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court

On Tuesday, Trump nominated US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant after Antonin Scalia’s mid-February 2016 death, saying, “When Justice Scalia passed away suddenly last February, I made a promise to the American people: If I were elected president, I would find the very best judge in the country for the Supreme Court.” Continue reading

Trump’s disturbing first week in office

After responsibly pulling America out of the TPP, it’s been all downhill. His top priority should be do no harm, not America first. Continue reading

Green card holders not safe from Trump’s immigration ban

Trump’s anti-Muslim order caused a firestorm of outrage nationwide, from relatives of affected individuals, activists, human rights groups, as well as state and local officials. Continue reading

Police state tactics target independent journalists covering Anti-Trump protests

First Amendment rights are too precious to lose. Without them, all others are at risk. Continue reading

Brexit on a slow track to oblivion?

Prime Minister Theresa May’s support for Brexit is more rhetorical than real. Continue reading

America is No. 1 in all the wrong things

American exceptionalism is a great deception—except in negative terms. No nation in world history caused more harm to more people over a longer duration. Continue reading

Israel’s Facebook bill

Netanyahu and likeminded extremist MKs want views opposing their own suppressed—especially ones expressed by Palestinians in their longstanding struggle for justice. Continue reading

Thousands of US communities with lead-poisoned water

A December 19 Reuters “Off the Charts” report said “examination of lead testing results across the country found almost 3,000 areas with poisoning rates far higher than in” Flint, Michigan. Continue reading

IMF head Lagarde found guilty of criminal negligence

IMF operations make loan-sharking look respectable by comparison, debt-entrapping nations, obligating them to take new loans to service old ones. Continue reading

Trump nominates David Friedman for US ambassador to Israel

Trump’s messages on Israel are mixed. Earlier he called resolving decades of Israeli/Palestinian conflict “the ultimate deal . . . As a deal maker, I’d like to do it . . . the deal that can’t be made. And do it for humanity’s sake.” Continue reading

Congress passes measure opposing speech and media freedoms

First Amendment rights are America’s most precious. Without them, all others are endangered. Continue reading

Neocons urge war on Iran

Bipartisan neocons infest Washington, supporting endless wars of aggression—Iran a prime target to attack, regime change the objective, wanting pro-Western puppet governance replacing its sovereign independence. Continue reading

Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube conspire to censor online content

Powerful interests in America threaten alternative sources of news, information and opinion. Continue reading

Disgraceful US Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

Long ago, anti-Semitism was an issue in America, very much so when I grew up. No longer. Today it’s in vogue to be Jewish. Continue reading

Draconian US Intelligence Authorization Act

Congress annually passes intelligence policy authorization bills. The measure for FY 2017 represents a huge leap backwards, reminiscent of the 1950 Internal Security (McCarran) Act—enacted over Harry Truman’s veto. Continue reading

DAPL construction completion permit denied

After months of peaceful protests, withstanding militarized police state viciousness, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members and supporters won a glorious, though perhaps temporary, victory. Continue reading

Trump wants flag burners punished

On November 29, Donald Trump tweeted, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag—if they do, there must be consequence—perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail.” Continue reading

Israeli minister urges greater West Bank land theft

Israel is run by a lunatic fringe combination of fascist hardliners, Zionist zealots and religious extremists. Continue reading

UN special rapporteur on Palestine blasts Israel

How many years of illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine are too many? How long will the international community tolerate its vicious persecution of millions of defenseless people? Continue reading

Israel’s Lieberman threatens Gazans with genocide

Minister of War Avigdor Lieberman is part of Israel’s lunatic fringe—ruthless, lawless, racist, militant, extremist and nightmarish for Palestinians. Continue reading

Neocon Washington Post for regime change in Venezuela

Venezuela’s oil-dependent economy suffers greatly from low prices and US economic war—waged to destabilize the country, create enormous hardships, mobilize majority opposition to President Nicholas Maduro’s leadership, and end nearly 18 years of Bolivarian fairness. Continue reading

UN Human Rights Council supports America’s imperial project in Syria

The HRC includes a rogue’s gallery of states supporting naked aggression among its 47 members, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, and NATO nations Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Latvia, Albania, and Slovenia—backing US-led aggression on Syrian sovereign independence. Continue reading