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Steve Lendman – Saudis Terror-Bomb Sanaa Runway To Block Humanitarian Aid For Yemen – 29 April 2015

StevelendmanOn Wednesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry blasted Riyadh’s “vindictive and inhumane” terror-bombing of Sanaa International Airport’s runway – to block Iranian humanitarian aid from arriving.

Orders to do so came from Washington. A previous article said Obama wants Yemenis starved to death or dying from unavailable medical treatment for serious terror-bombing inflicted wounds.

A Saudi spokesman called Sanaa’s runway inoperable. Brig. General Ahmed Asseri said Tehran’s cargo plane didn’t coordinate with Riyadh and ignored warnings to turn back. Continue reading

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Steve Lendman – Chernobyl All Over Again – 20 April 2015

StevelendmanForest fires rage in Ukraine dangerously close to Chernobyl. Ukrainian interior minister Arsen Avakov said conditions “worsened.”

“The forest fire is heading in the direction of Chernobyl’s installations,” he said. Treetop flames and strong gusts of wind have created a real danger of the fire spreading to an area within 20 kilometers of the power plant.”

“There are about (1,000 acres) of forests in the endangered area,” he claimed. “National Guard and interior ministry forces have been put on combat alert.” Continue reading

Steve Lendman – US/Saudi Blockade Prevents Vital Humanitarian Aid From Reaching Yemen – 28 April 2015

StevelendmanYemen is Obama’s war – more genocide on his rap sheet against 25 million Yemenis wanting freedom from imperial oppression.

US/Saudi imposed air and sea blockade prevents vital humanitarian aid in amounts needed from reaching desperate Yemenis – including food, clean water, medical supplies and other essentials to life.

Obama, Saudis and rogue regional allies (including Israel) want Yemenis starved to death or perishing from untreated serious wounds.

Reuters reported desperately needed vital aid is being blocked. Saudis continue “holding up food deliveries by sea” and air. Continue reading

Steve Lendman – Congressional Legislation Targets BDS Initiatives – 28 April 2015

StevelendmanAIPAC-promoted/anti-BDS measures were attached as amendments to House and Senate fast track legislation introduced earlier in April.

Its purpose is to ram through Congress Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) bills global justice advocates call NAFTA on steroids – stealth corporate coup d’etats.

The House measure “discourage(s) politically motivated actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel and seek(s) the elimination of politically motivated non-tariff barriers on Israeli goods, services, or other commerce imposed on the State of Israel.”

The Senate amendment hasn’t been made public. Its language is similar to S. 619: United States-Israel Trade Enhancement Act of 2015. It states in part:

“To include among the principal trade negotiating objectives of the United States regarding commercial partnerships trade negotiating objectives with respect to discouraging activity that discourages, penalizes, or otherwise limits commercial relations with Israel, and for other purposes.”

It “discourage(s) politically motivated actions by foreign countries, non-member states of the United Nations, international organizations, and affiliated agencies of international organizations, that are intended to penalize or otherwise limit commercial relations specifically with –

A. Israel;

B. persons doing business in Israel or in territories controlled by Israel (namely, Occupied Palestine and Golan); or

C. successor entities to persons described in subparagraph B.”

AIPAC prioritizes enacting anti-BDS legislation. Its provisions would apply to all trade agreements.

On April 23, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) issued a statement saying:

It “strongly opposes proposed trade legislation intended to institutionalize support for the Israeli occupation and attempt to criminalize non-violent human rights boycotts of Israel.”

Legislative language “comes in response to growing grassroots support in the United States and across the globe for using boycotts, divestment and sanctions tactics as tools to further justice, equality, and human rights for Palestinians.”

“If passed, the legislation would reverse the long standing US policy of opposing the illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories by de facto recognizing all settlements as part of a ‘greater Israel.’ ”

“The proposed legislation would also mandate US government actions to track and penalize commercial boycotts, a violation of constitutionally protected political speech.”

“From South Africa to the grape boycott to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) tactics have been essential tools used to create a more just society.”

JVP’s Federal Policy Organizer Rabbi Joseph Berman explained:

“This legislation, which actually encourages illegal settlement building while strengthening the far right in Israel, shows that BDS is an increasingly powerful means to challenge Israel’s impunity when it comes to Palestinian rights. We urge Congress to reject this legislation.”

The measure, if enacted, contravenes official US policy with regard to Occupied Palestinian Territories.

It aims to criminalize efforts to boycott Israeli products and services. Nothing under international law prevents nations, businesses, groups or individuals from doing so.

The legislation effectively considers all parts of occupied Judea and Samaria Israel covets part of its territory – including privately owned Palestinian land it steals for exclusive Jewish development.

It violates core First Amendment rights. It makes Washington more complicit than already with Israeli high crimes against peace.

The Senate Finance Committee passed the amendment unanimously. House Ways and Means Committee passage followed a day later.

Senate co-sponsor Rob Portman (R. OH) said the measure “sends a clear message that if you want to be an economic partner with the United States, you cannot support politically motivated boycotts of Israel.”

“We must make clear that the United States will not stand with those who attempt to weaken Israel.”

The amendment specifically targets European nations and companies – to pressure them in trade negotiations against supporting BDS initiatives.

It’s the only region where BDS efforts gained traction. Boycotting Israel is more important now than ever.

It’s the single most effective way to hold it accountable for collectively punishing Palestinians lawlessly.

Congressional legislation won’t derail BDS activism. It’s a vital global initiative whose time has come. Grassroots movements must lead the way.

Global justice advocates urge international civil society organizations and supporters everywhere to impose broad boycotts – to implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to apartheid South Africa.

Pressure is needed for embargoes and sanctions – for equity, justice and peace.

It’s long past time for Israel to be held accountable for high crimes too grave to ignore. Anti-BDS congressional legislation won’t stop its eventual day of reckoning from arriving.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

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Steve Lendman – Obama Rejects Peace In Yemen: Orders Genocidal War Continued – 27 April 2015

StevelendmanYemen is being raped in plain sight. Obama bears full responsibility.

It’s his planned and orchestrated war – using Saudi and other regional proxies to wage premeditated aggression against a country threatening no one.

He turned another part of the Arab world into a greater cauldron of violence, chaos and instability than already – with no end of conflict in sight.

Civilian men, women and children suffer most. They’re being willfully murdered in cold blood. Media scoundrels either largely ignore or misreport on what’s ongoing.

Endless US imperial aggression continues. “(T)he job is not done,” said White House communications director Jen Psaki. Continue reading

Steve Lendman – NYT Editors Support Harmful To Health GMO Foods And Ingredients – 27 April 2015

StevelendmanClear evidence shows GMO foods and ingredients are inherently unsafe. Reliable independent studies prove it.

Claims otherwise are Big Lies. Scientifically conducted animal studies show major human health risks from GMO products – including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, gastrointestinal abnormalities, and major organ changes.

Monsanto and other GMO producers spend millions of dollars burying hard evidence – including funding scientists, journalists and others on the take to lie for hard cash.

Americans don’t know what they’re eating. Labeling is prohibited. Continue reading

Steve Lendman – US/Saudi Recruited Terrorists In Yemen – 26 April 2015

StevelendmanObama’s genocidal war against 25 million Yemenis continues without mercy. US-sponsored cold-blooded murder claims scores of lives daily.

Noncombatant men, women and children are harmed most. Endless conflict persists – now involving US/Saudi recruited, funded, armed, trained and directed takfiri terrorists.

Islamic State fighters posted a video online announcing their presence – threatening to “cut the throats” of Ansarullah Houthi rebels.

It showed about two dozen heavily armed IS fighters preparing for combat. Their commander planted a black flag in the ground saying “soldiers of the caliphate (have arrived to) to cut the throats” of the Houthis. Continue reading