Stephen Lendman

BFP Contributing Author & Analyst

Stephen Lendman received a Harvard BA in 1956 and a Wharton MBA in 1960, and has been writing on vital world and national topics, including war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues.
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Permanent Afghanistan Occupation Planned

When it Comes to Afghanistan Misinformation & Illusion Substitute for Reality America came to stay. Accelerated withdrawal claims reflect subterfuge. Washington officials and media scoundrels don’t explain. Misinformation and illusion substitute for reality. Reuters headlined “Obama, Karzai accelerate end of US combat role in Afghanistan.” “Obama’s determin(ed) to wind down a long, unpopular war.” The […]

New UN Report on Syria

On January 2, the UN News Center headlined “Data suggests death toll could be more than 60,000, says UN human rights office.” The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) commissioned the analysis. It covers the March 15, 2011 – November 30, 2012 period. It’s impossible to compile precise figures. Analysis depends […]

Congress Extends Warrantless Spying

Police State Harshness Intensifies Domestically America’s political process is lawless, corrupt and dysfunctional. Fiscal cliff hype, noise and theater continue. Destroying fundamental civil society social protections aren’t mentioned. Rushed through legislation targeted Iran’s growing Latin American influence. On December 28, Obama signed the Countering Iran in Western Hemisphere Act. It requires the State Department to […]

Institutionalizing Indefinite Detention

Heading America for Full-Blown Tyranny Since taking office, Obama authorized numerous police state measures. They follow earlier ones under George Bush. They’re heading America for full-blown tyranny. It’s already a hair’s breadth away. It could arrive any time full force. It’s been wrapped in the American flag all along. Most people don’t know how seriously […]

Washington Targets Syria & Iran

US policies threaten both nations. Doing so imperils the region and beyond. Syria’s now in focus. Iran’s turn awaits. What’s likely should terrify everyone wanting America’s imperium defeated and peace restored. Doing so remains a distant dream. Potential worst of times loom. On December 17, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited Syrian Vice President […]

Obama Plans African Wars

War is America’s Option of Choice Obama’s war-making appetite exceeds all his predecessors and then some. He’s already waging multiple direct and proxy wars. His rhetoric about winding them down rings hollow. He wants to make the most of the next four years. No targeted country left behind reflects his agenda. He’s ravaging the world […]

Susan Rice’s Imperial Credentials

Rice s is Perfect to Front for No-Holds-Barred Imperial Ravaging She’s favored to replace Hillary Clinton next year as secretary of state. Obama calls her “extraordinary.” She matches the current incumbent’s bullying, bluster and arrogance. Both deplore peace, nonviolence, and social justice. They’re pro-war, contemptuous of rule of law principles, and brazenly anti-democratic. They represent […]

Secret US Construction in Israel

Washington & Israel Partner in Jointly Planned Imperial Wars Washington and Israel partner in jointly planned imperial wars and related activities. Walter Pincus reports on national security issues for the Washington Post. He’s been at it many years. In late December he’ll turn 80. On November 28, he headlined “US overseeing mysterious construction project in […]

Obama Wants State-Sponsored Murder Legalized

Elevating Murder, Inc. to a Higher Level A previous article discussed Obama’s kill list. Another explained his “disposition matrix.” Both constitute elevating Murder, Inc. to a higher level. Obama now wants more. He wants murder legalized. On November 24, The New York Times headlined “Election Spurred a Move to Codify US Drone Policy,” saying: Pre-election, […]

Media Cover for Israeli Crimes

“Long Denied Liberation & Justice Remain Elusive” The pattern playing out in Gaza is one Israel followed many times before. Provocations target adversaries. Multiple ones usually occur before targets respond. Blame the victim follows. Israeli aggression is called self-defense. Legitimate defense is called terrorism. Media scoundrels support Israel in lockstep. It plays out the same […]

Naked Israeli Aggression

“Responsible journalists should explain it. Running cover for lawlessness is unconscionable. So is global community silence.” Since 1948, Israel waged varying intensity war on Palestine. Crimes of war, against humanity, and genocide are committed regularly. World community inaction lets Israel get away with murder. Operation Pillar of Cloud (aka Cloud Column/Pillar of Defense) is Israel’s […]

Syrian Opposition Unity Deal

“Washington Depends on Conflict to Achieve Regime Change” Last week, Doha hosted Washington’s reinvented scheme to forge new Syrian opposition unity. Only pro-Western puppets need apply. So-called Friends of Syria are its enemies. Most live outside the country. They haven’t been there for months or years. They’re out of touch. They have no connection to […]

Obama’s Post-Election Militancy

Obama didn’t miss a beat. He picked up where he left off. He’s America’s most belligerent leader. He’s waging multiple direct and proxy wars abroad and at home by other means. Despite pressing unresolved domestic issues, he celebrated his electoral victory belligerently. On November 7, he bombed Yemen. Washington’s been waging proxy war there for […]

New York Times Opposes Palestinian Self-Determination

Longstanding NYT articles, op-eds, and editorials are notoriously one-sided for Israel. Palestinian rights don’t matter, only Jewish ones. Life in Occupied Palestine harshness goes largely unreported. Crimes of war and against humanity are ignored. An earlier  If Americans Knew report explained “highly disturbing patterns” of distorted, one-sided coverage.   Little changed from then to now. […]

Money Party Wins US Election

“America is a one party state with two wings-Each replicates the other.”  The same party wins every time. Duopoly power rules. America is a one party state with two wings. Each replicates the other. On major issues mattering most, not a dime’s worth of difference separates them. The late Gore Vidal explained it as well […]